Jack Kevorkian

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Better known as "Dr. Death", Dr. Kevorkian is the face of the drive for physician assisted suicide.

2004, November 8 - An attorney for Jack Kevorkian asked the state parole board Monday to recommend that the assisted suicide advocate be released from prison for health reasons. Kevorkian, 76, has been in prison 5 years. A week earlier U.S. Supreme Court justices decided against hearing Kevorkian's appeal of his second-degree murder conviction for the 1998 poisoning of Thomas Youk. The request for pardon or commutation is Kevorkian's second. The state parole board voted against his first request a year ago.

Youk suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease and his death, which Kevorkian called a mercy killing, was videotaped and shown on national television.