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Friday
Jun102011

Jack Kevorkian Remembered At Michigan Memorial

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HBO(TROY, Mich.) -- A memorial service was held in Troy, Mich., Friday for Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who died last week at the age of 83.

Kevorkian began advertising in Detroit's newspapers for physician assisted suicides in 1987. Kevorkian claimed to have helped 130 people end their lives and was charged with murder four times. Those charges were dismissed, before Michigan had an assisted suicide law.

Patient 130 was Thomas Youk, so stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease that he couldn't hit the "kill" button. A video of Kevorkian administering the lethal dose of drugs was broadcast on national TV. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second degree murder and spent eight years in prison.

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