Assisted suicide advocate Kevorkian dies at age 83

Jack Kevorkian, seen here speaking during a news conference in Southfield, Mich.,Tuesday, June 5, 2007, died early Friday, June 3, 2011. The famed assisted-suicide advocate was 83 years old and died from a pulmonary thrombosis, when a blood clot from his leg came loose and lodged in his heart. (Paul Sancya)

June 3, 2011 7:48:43 AM PDT
Jack Kevorkian, the retired pathologist who captured the world's attention as he helped dozens of ailing people commit suicide, igniting intense debate and ending up in prison for murder, has died in a Detroit area hospital after a short illness. He was 83.