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June 18, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live

Posted: 07:59 PM ET

They call him “Dr. Death” – but is he misunderstood?  Or a monster?

Dr. Jack Kevorkian speaks to Larry about the 130+ doctor-assisted suicides he says he’s been involved with, the 8 years he spent in prison for second-degree murder and the new documentary about his life and work. 

He says he regrets nothing.    

Plus, we want to hear from you!

What do you think about doctor-assisted suicide?  Sound off below!

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Chris Barrett   June 18th, 2010 8:24 pm ET

There is a case in Australia of an elderly woman who has chosen to starve herself rather than continue treatment at her nursing home.
Last week the Supreme Court upheld her decision. I am of the opinion it is a basic human right, and we should not allow others to suffer if they make an informed decision to receive assisted suicide.


Marlene Paulson   June 18th, 2010 8:52 pm ET

I feel people should have there own choice when the end is very painful and unbarring, I worked in a veterinary hospital and put down a lot of animal, who went in peace, why do we have a choice for animals but not for humans...


Karen   June 18th, 2010 8:52 pm ET

It's a good thing.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 18th, 2010 9:05 pm ET

I no way in hell want to die like my daddy tied down to a bed with tubes stuck in my face im all for Dr.Death .


Smith in Oregon   June 18th, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is starting to look like an imp, not sure if it's old age or previous activity's.

Larry, you should put Dr. Jack and Joe Jackson on one of your future shows at the same time and see from the audience's reaction who effects them the worst. I wouldn't take a candy bar from either man, go figure!


Bobby D   June 18th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Doctor Kevorkian may be unusual but I consider him a hero. The families of his patients that flew to Michigan from around the world to defend him was enough proof.


Cindy in St Paul MN   June 18th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

I have just watched someone I love die an agonizing prolonged death from cancer. I want Dr Kevorkian to know that many in this country support the right to die and consider Dr Kevorkian nothing short of a hero for fighting this battle. Thank you Dr Kevorkian!


Miks   June 18th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Why has Anderson's program been cut to 4 nights a week? Just saw him on his bike in NYC......What if there is breaking news? Will there be a sub?


Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 18th, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Dr.Death isnt playing God he's playing the Grim Reaper.


Carol   June 18th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Right on Dr. Kevorkian! Your name is a household word and hopefully someday people will have a choice because you paved the way.


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is a kind man who only wants the best for his patients. Often family members can be selfish because of their issues with "loss" and want to keep their loved one alive for as long as they can regardless of the degradation and horrific pain. There are people who have died horribly with prolonged extremely painful deaths.

It would be nice to have a choice in death as we do with life.


jack   June 18th, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Hi Doctor Death. Glad to see people like you, who have the courage to stand for what you believe in. I think a humane option for those who have made the considered decision to move on should not be interferred with. I feel for ,some, a quick exit is preferable to languishing in a stark , hellish hospital environment, if that is what they want. I would urge all people to try to hang onto life as long as possible. But, I am not going to judge those who make another decision. That is a personal matter, and who knows what they would do if in a particular person's pridicament or mindset.


Terry Lynn   June 18th, 2010 9:13 pm ET

My father was just turned down by Switzerland's version of Dr. Jack, Dr. Minelli of the group DIGNITAS. His untreatable depression does not qualify as a fatal disease. Now, his only choice is to stop drinking or eating and to die a long death. We treat our dogs better.


RickFromDetroit   June 18th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

About 100 years ago a religious organization had congress pass a law allowing them to perform "mercy killing" providing it was voluntary.

Many things have changed since then, we know longer have to suffer because there is nothing that can be done to help us. We have pain killers to numb the pain and we have medical procedures to repair almost anything.

People, quite often the elderly who have lost their loved ones, have a tendency to "give up" and they loose their desire to live. I do not think that ending their lives is the solution, but I do firmly believe that placing them in a facility that can encourage them to continue with their life, and make the most out of it is the solution.

People who have reached this point in life should be placed in a facility that can provide them with various types of entertainment, friends, and interests, and if they can't afford this type of treatment, then it should be provided by the taxpayers.

I think Dr. Jack should look into this type of treatment for his patients and probably for himself.


Betty Ann Lee   June 18th, 2010 9:16 pm ET

i am catholic and i believe people should be kept clean, watered, fed and comfortable, but the last two days of my mom's life in february and the last 4 days of my friend life in april convinced me that dr. k's method is far better than the DNR & HOSPICE which deny food & water until people die like terry schiavo

love & HUGS, bar


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

@ jack

Beautifully stated. And Good evening to you :~ )


Krista   June 18th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I think is a good thing. I met Dr. Kevorkian on Feb 10, 1993. My grandfather was terminal ill with cancer.....bone cancer he suffered for years. Dr. Kevorkian was the most kindest, try to talk you out of it man, and understood. We were the largest family group that met with him and his sister, with my grandfather. He was to help, we were going to spend the weekend with my grandfather but............my grandfather passed that night in his sleep. I believe that my grandfather was so at peace that someone was there to help him. We stood by my grandfathers decision and were there for him. I was pleasure to have met such a wonderful person in Dr. Kevorkian.


Laurie   June 18th, 2010 9:19 pm ET

this should be a fundamental right. We are so backward. He is a true hero. Why don't we have more like Kevorkian – with creative intelligence.


jack   June 18th, 2010 9:20 pm ET

@Dodie. ..Yes well meaning people may think they have some moral high ground, but are not always helping a patient by insisting that they be kept alive through artificial means. Nature is often kinder than the misguided efforts to keep people alive beyond their natural time to go. The best treatment is hydration , comfort, and a lot of morphine, when a person reaches a certain stage of their journey into death.


Michael Armstrong Sr.   June 18th, 2010 9:21 pm ET

The government and doctors are the ones playing God making people suffer the right to death should be our right .


jack   June 18th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

@Dodie...Thanks , good evening to you, as well.


dora   June 18th, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I just lost a father this past year at the age of 98. I agree with the Dr. K on their is no difference on what he does and what Hospice tells family members to do for their love ones. Why are they not held accountable?


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

@ jack

You are right on target. Because of our artificial means, we can keep individuals alive long after nature has released them. It would be nice having the right to make our personal decision, when the time presents itself.


RickFromDetroit   June 18th, 2010 9:28 pm ET

I was in NYC a few years ago and speaking with one of the local residents and he was telling me about the time when his grandfather was building the Brooklyn Bridge. He said many of the construction workers believed that if they jumped off of the bridge that they would return to the world as a fish and they would be able to "swim in the water and watch the construction workers that were doing the same thing they were." Believe it or Not" many [an estimated 150] attempted to return to life as a fish by jumping off the bridge.


Bobby D   June 18th, 2010 9:29 pm ET

RickfromDetroit.

Not everyone wants to live 3 or 6 months doped up on Pain killers. Every single pain killer has side effects. Entertainment facilities? Yeah, I'm sure Quadriplegics will just love the entertainment and it will make them forget the diaper changes, catheders and bed sores.


jack   June 18th, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Dr. Kevorkian is a true scientist in the best sense of the word. He is willing to explore all areas in his qust for knowlege. He is also brave, because he has the courage to stand by his own beliefs and fight for them until the end; knowing that he will not be very widely accepted in his own life time.


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 9:33 pm ET

@RickFromDetroit

I had a neighbor who died a horrible death. I could hear him screaming every day and all night long from bone cancer located in his back bone that wrapped around his spinal cord. It was horrible and it took 6 months from him to die. There was NO pain medication that worked..... I still remember his screams in the night!!!!


RickFromDetroit   June 18th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Danger, Danger, Air Raid Sirens ringing, Tornado, I hope it waits until LKL is over.


Earnest   June 18th, 2010 9:43 pm ET

i think the doctor did nothing wrong whats the difference between the life the law took last night and the doctor , the difference is the people he helped wanted to go and leave the painful life....and the prisoner life was taken away....one gave a life and one had his life taken...


Laura Groce   June 18th, 2010 9:47 pm ET

i have been associated with a hospice in southern Kentucky for over twenty years. My daughter has worked with hospice for the last ten years. I resent the statement by Dr Kevorkian that hospice helps people die all the time by quitely turning up the medician. I feel this is a unfounded and unfair statement. Hospice has helped so many people leave this life with love and tender care and that can be done in ways other than turning up the i.v. I hope Dr Kevorkian will think before he makes such a hurtful blanket statements the next time.


jackie   June 18th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

has dr Kevorkian ever assisted someone suffering from uncurable depression?


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

NO! Jack did not play God. God played Jack!


Judie Ryan   June 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

When I was twenty I was completely paralyzed. My sensory nerves could unfortunately still feel that something was wrong with my motor nerves. I had less than a fifty/fifty chance of surviving. I asked my father to kill me because I was suffering so badly and felt so helpless. I begged the doctors to let me die. But they did not comply. I recovered after 6 months in I.C.U. Had Dr. Kevorkian been there, I'd have been dead. I would not have recovered to become yet again a concert harpist with one of the top ten orchestras. I wouldn't have had a wonderful marriage and the blessing of children. I would not have had a full life. I think Kevorkian takes advantage of people and their families when they are at this same depressed moment, instead of giving them encouragement and comfort to carry on with hope that the next moment might bring a cure for their illness. Stephen Hocking (sp.) would certainly be dead if Dr. Kevorkian could choose or speak to Hocking in a weak or depressed moment. Yet in spite of the terrible limitations of his body, Hocking has found meaning in his life.


jack   June 18th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

@Laura Groce...Sounds like you are compassionate and have done some fine work. However, how can you be sure that Dr. Kevorkian is wrong, and that it doesn't happen in other places? I am sure Dr. Kevorkian has done a very large amount of research on the subject, and I for one, trust his assertion is correct.


Bobby D   June 18th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Jackie- I'm not sure I think he turned them down.


Dona from PA   June 18th, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Its not a game. Dr K is not playing God. Dr K is one of the portals through which God is expressing compassion for humanity.


Jeffery Doolittle   June 18th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Hey Larry,I want to thank DR.Kevorkian for his help with the obvious.
He never plaid god . and all he did was help people .there was on monetary gain.


Robert P   June 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

I think what's the diference ?Don't we have living wills?


RickFromDetroit   June 18th, 2010 10:01 pm ET

@ Dodie
Modern medicine has made, and will continue to make progress in repairing damage parts of the body, pain control, and stem cell replacement of bones and organs. 5 years ago I had knee surgery and the doctor "snipped" 2 nerves in my left knee. The doctor told me that if he didn't do this that I would be addicted to pain pills. It was voluntary and I accepted the procedure. I had 2 days of unbearable pain after the surgery and very little pain since then.
This is the types of procedures that we should be accepting for the next generation of modern medicine. Ending peoples lives is an out dated remedy, that works today, but I wouldn't recommend for future therapies.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Comicly, God should of sent an E-mail!! or was the High School Cheerleading Competion much more important? GO CHIEFS!!!!


jack   June 18th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

The right should be entirely with the individual. There are conditions where a quick death would be a luxury.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:11 pm ET

Critical thinking; Two days of unbearable pain? PICTURE what two years may kinda sort-of feel like...


Jean Insalaco   June 18th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

I listened to the last 3/4 hr of Larry talking to Dr. Kevorkian.
I worked for Dr. Kevorkian at the hospital in Owosso, Mich.
I am not sure of the date, but probably about 40 years ago.
He came as our Pathologist to fill in until the hospital hired
someone. I was chief Technologist of the Clinical lab. We
liked him very much. Wished he would become our permanent
Pathologist. I never heard him talk about assisted suicide then.
But I know he was very good at what he did–a good Pathologist.
Hope him well. Jean


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 10:13 pm ET

@ RickFromDetroit

You are correct as there are changes made in medicine all the time. However, this neighbor was also a very good friend and he died in January, 2010. Trust me, there was no pain medication that could treat this level of pain. There are limits to all our pain medications.

Be thankful you have never experienced this level of pain........


Kareen   June 18th, 2010 10:15 pm ET

I hope that a DR. Kervokian is around when I need it.


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

@ Carl O. Harris

Picture 42 years of unbearable pain????


diana   June 18th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

GOD BLESS YOU, DR. KEVORKIAN! WHY IS IT THAT WHEN OUR BELOVED PETS ARE DEEMED TO NO LONGER HAVE "QUALITY OF LIFE" WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO EUTHANIZE THEM, BUT HUMANS MUST SUFFER THRU A PAINFUL AND SLOW DEATH?
I RECENTLY HAD TO SEND MY 12 YEAR OLD KITTY TO HEAVEN AS SHE WAS SUFFERING FROM LYMPHOMA AND THE MINUTE SHE BECAME UNABLE TO HOLD HER FOOD, WE WENT TO THE VET. THE PROCEEDURE WAS A SHOT TO PUT HER IN A VERY RELAXED STATE (WHICH ACTUALLY HAPPENED QUICKER THAN I WAS READY FOR) AND THEN A SHOT (WHEN I WAS READY) THAT INSTANTLY TOOK HER TO HEAVEN.
WHY IS IT NOT OK TO GIVE US HUMAN BEINGS THE SAME QUICK, PAINLESS AND PEACEFUL KINDNESS SO WE CAN MOVE ON FROM OUR PAIN AND OUR LOSS OF "QUALITY OF LIFE"??
I HAVE 3 GOOD FRIENDS WHO RECENTLY ALL STATED THE SAME FEELINGS ABOUT THIS AND WE BELIEVE MANY PEOPLE FEEL THIS WAY AS WELL. WE BELIEVE THIS SHOULD NOT BE A MATTER INVOLVING RELIGION OR LAW – BUT ABOUT OUR INDIVIDUAL RIGHT AND WE SHOULD HAVE THIS AVAILABLE CHOICE WITHOUT SOMEONE AS DR. KEVORKIAN BEING PERSECUTED AND PROSECUTED FOR HELPING US DO WHAT WE ALL DO FOR OUR EXTENDED FAMILY- OUR PETS!!
THANK YOU & GOD BLESS, DIANA VAUGHN


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:19 pm ET

@Dodie I can't but I have forty of them. tell me what U went thru? Your Friend Carl


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Forty Two YEARS!!!! I hope Jack has offspring!! DEAD human tell no tales!! I make peace, and Jack Jr. HAUL TAIL. Then push me in froont of a bus!! Not my "Drama" and not Jack Jr's either!! but I feel for the bus driver!!


RickFromDetroit   June 18th, 2010 10:33 pm ET

@ Dodie
@Carl O. Harris

Thanks to modern medicine, the unbearable pain was limited to the 2 days after surgery. If it weren't for the modern medical procedures, I would have had to live with unbearable pain for the past 5 years and beyond. I understand what you are saying, and I somewhat agree with you, but modern medicine will soon replace all of the ancient medical procedures like Dr. Jack is promoting.

I do not condemn Dr. Jack for his past executions, but I do not consider them as future remedies.

Also, stem cell replacement of cartilage may be closer than many think and I may have 2 new knee joints in the near future. Lets look to the future and forget about the past, ending peoples life is something that was acceptable in days past, but I do not like the idea of promoting these types of procedures for the future.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:34 pm ET

I would hate for "NURSE" Diana to be My caretaker!!


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

@RickFromDetroit Ahhh A moderate AND and Intelectual!!!! I LUV STEM-CELL and it's reserch!!!! no need for Jack and Jack Jr.!!!!


Lance   June 18th, 2010 10:40 pm ET

Mr. King,

When I think back to being a 12 year old child and having the permission from my parents to have my first inside dog, I was enthralled. My parents both being dog lovers, they were never keen on the idea of an inside pet. My Father actually found this puppy around the time of me asking for one. Well, they both said yes! This beautiful little Beagle mix made our family his home. Sadly, in between his vaccination schedule, he got sick. Very sick. He had to be humanely put to sleep due to him contracting Canine Hepatitis. Being that young I was so scarred. As I have grown in age, and in life experience, I find it amazing when any creature on this Earth is suffering, and will never recover, must suffer until the end. I fully support Dr. Kevorkian, and in his work. Sir, as being a fellow Michigander, and as a supporter of HUMAN BEINGS who are suffering from ailments that they will never recover,..I support your ideals of a choice of suicide. Doctor guided, yet NOT ADMINISTERED suicide. Thank you Larry for being brave for speaking on this, and thank you Dr. Kevorkian for also being brave.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:43 pm ET

BUT... what should anyone do if Stem-Cell is stalled in political Woo-Hoo just cause it's still A "MORE VOTES" issue? I know Political parties SUK!!


jack   June 18th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

@Carl O. Harris...You don't know Jack.


gerald Jolly   June 18th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

I personally believe that a persons willingness to live or die should be that persons choice alone.

I believe that many "BIBLE THUMPERS" would tell you that your time to die is in "GODS" hands.

But what would an "ATHEIST" say about that??

I think about the several friends and family members that I have that go through every day living in excrutiating pain begging for that to end, but because of their belief in God they would never contemplate commiting suicide.

Life is no dount precious, but life living as a vegetable is not what God intended for us.


RickFromDetroit   June 18th, 2010 10:51 pm ET

@ Carl O. Harris
Europe appears to be leading the way on the stem cell replacement of vital body parts and we may be boarding a jet for over seas treatment in the coming years.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:52 pm ET

However, GULF COAST is VERY HOT issue with me!!!! Yupper!! I live in Florida Gulf Coast!! BUT.. I wonder if Charile got my E-mail on the OIL LEAK PLUG!! or should I of sent it to Rubio? Politicians are phoney!!! I've sent the letter' to "Horizon team" too. BUt BP must have stopped the leak!! Nope one hour and eight mins. til day 61!!!!


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 10:56 pm ET

BUT I bet Jack knows Himself!!! How would "Black's" law book define that? wanna bring? U vote I vote!!! LET'S VOTE!!! just Vote. only after u educate your self!!


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 11:01 pm ET

@RickFromDetroit What part of Europe? Great Britan is in the HOT seat now!! now that's worth a LOL!!


jack   June 18th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

@RickFromDetroit...Wanting to stay alive, and staying alive is usually the best option. There are people, however, who cannot afford the advanced treatments, or do not desire them. Particularly , I am thinking that those who are very old and have severe pain, and want a quick exit, should perhaps have that option. I think, for most elderly people with a painful terminal illness, treatment with high doses of morphine , and other euphoriants beats a protracted ,agonizing stay with tubes inserted, and the stark ,impersonal atmosphere of a hospital or nursing home. I cannot understand why anyone wants to deny the option for those that desire it. It is less expensive than prolonging a person's life through artificial means . Death is often kinder.


jack   June 18th, 2010 11:12 pm ET

@Carl O. Harris...You are a hard man to nail down.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 11:16 pm ET

@jack even the young have heath issues. Let's broaden the horizon to 100%. Ill fated humans need our love and help!!! no matter the age. but U nailed it!!!


Jaime Y. Pestano   June 18th, 2010 11:20 pm ET

I would like to contribute and submit my comments, analysis, report,
and recommendation to Mr. Larry King's appeal to help solve the
undersea oil spill currently raging on in Gulf of Mexico. Please email
your office fax number so I can send by fax to Mr. King all documents and confidential report entitled- UNDERSEA OIL SPILL CONTAINMENT AND EVACUATION SYSTEM which if properly applied
will not only solve the problem, but at the same time recover the gushing crude oil 100%. Thank you.


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 11:26 pm ET

Hey Jamie, U might have better luck with Anderson Cooper!! he is on site!! I wonder if Kathy Griffin sees this or the Oprah Interview?


jack   June 18th, 2010 11:27 pm ET

@Carl O. Harris...Yes, love and help for ill fated humans is what should be the main consideration, not profits.


Dodie   June 18th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

@Carl O. Harris... I have never experienced that kind of pain, but I have seen it and have a dear sweet friend who is currently living it...

@RickFromDetroit Until you have lived in that kind of pain, you cannot talk about the waiting game!!! I understand what you are saying, however, we are not in the future yet!

@ jack June 18th, 2010 11:07 pm ET Beautifully stated... thank you, Jack! You look pretty nimble and quick tonight! :~)


Pam   June 18th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

I hope there's someone like Dr. Kevorkian around, if and when I ever get so sick I don't want to suffer any longer. I'm all for assisted suicide. We treat our animals better than we treat our loved ones or ourselves. Shame on the Christians!!!!


Carl O. Harris   June 18th, 2010 11:59 pm ET

YES NPO's scare me. what maybe their real issue money for their Nonprofit Mercedes or the humans that need it? I wonder who this makes wonder?


Carl O. Harris   June 19th, 2010 12:06 am ET

@Dodie give me details. I worked know two nurses on the Terri case that smoothered the news over the Texas refinery Explosion.I was working in Gulfport at the time and I lived the Pain that poor woman never knew she lived in. If she could of sent "Thank You" cards out. who do U think would of got them? really think about this. her life was not spontainious as was her death. I bet it's a choice only U could of wanted.


Valerie   June 19th, 2010 12:15 am ET

I sooo admire this man... I totally agree with him. I'm listening to him now on Larry King and am getting shivers because he's so intelligent and makes complete sense!


Carl O. Harris   June 19th, 2010 12:17 am ET

Dodie, Jack and Rick thank you for your intelect!! But HAPPY 61st SPILL DAY!!!! But heck! GO CHIEFS!!! since he's watching/!!


nathalie   June 19th, 2010 12:18 am ET

i think this man has done nothing wrong, my mom died of cancer and i was there when she died at home, she wanted to be with her kids and the ones she loved.,


jack   June 19th, 2010 12:19 am ET

@Dodie..Not as nimble and quick as I once was, but can still make leaps of imagination. I can also jump to conclusions........ :-}


Dodie   June 19th, 2010 12:20 am ET

@Carl O. Harris
I never share details about my friends. My heart goes out to this person who is in so much pain.... If you give me an address, I would pass it along. I do not make decisions for others... only myself.


Dodie   June 19th, 2010 12:21 am ET

@ jack

How about a candle stick?


Teri Corona   June 19th, 2010 12:23 am ET

It's just like the decision on abortion; NOBODY'S business except the two people involved.


Stephanie   June 19th, 2010 12:24 am ET

How do we ever say thank you to you Jack? You have been a leader and you have carried a cross showing others that the government can't put you down and change your mind. You are a hero. SHAME on those that jailed you. Shame! I have believed in you since day one and all anyone has to do is sit day after day watching a loved one 'try' to die – that is the heart breaker here. Not what he assisted in. I pray I am able to die in my own way also when the time comes. God Bless you.


Stephanie   June 19th, 2010 12:30 am ET

I wanted to add that I have a dear friend that is an X fire chief in a major city in Ontario. He once told me that in his line of work he has to deal with death each and every day. He said that there are only two ways to commit sucide, the right way and the wrong way. The wrong way may leave you in a worse state so educating on 'how do die' is as necessary as learning how to to bake a cake. We have the right to decide.


Judi   June 19th, 2010 12:31 am ET

Dr. Kevorkian,
You have been and will continue to be a pioneer and a hero in my book. Thank you for enlightening the world on this issue.
I am so sorry you have had to endure prison for standing up for your beliefs and for having a genuine concern for your patients.
I honor you and respect you to the nth degree!


Marianne   June 19th, 2010 12:49 am ET

Larry,

What is the difference between assisted sucide and hospice? My grandmother has been in the nursing care system for about 5-6 years. They want to kill her and put her on hospice. My parents have fought it for years. She has lived from 86 to almost 92 because of their viligent fight.

Anser this question on CNN live. I don't see a difference in Jack Korvic versus hospice.


Dodie   June 19th, 2010 12:57 am ET

@ jack

Just Love your leaps of imagination.... Your mind is beautiful! :~)


William H.B. Smart   June 19th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Dr Death? Hell no, more like an angel of mercy. I pray to god that if I or my wife or my son were ever in the need that there would be some one brave enough, honarable enough and compassionate enough to step up and help. Shame on the Supreme Court for failing in it's duty, but then isn't that just indicative of our goverment in general? God Bless You Sir. William H.B. Smart Sr.


spears99   June 19th, 2010 1:01 am ET

The doctor is my hero. If only we had any major political party figures as brave as him.


lynne   June 19th, 2010 1:05 am ET

I cannot believe that the Dr. had to go to prison for 8 years. It makes me sick to my stomach. Why can't a person decide what he wants to do with his/her life, especially with a terminal illness. It is just unfathomable to me that assisted suicide would be a crime. Anyone who is against it has not seen their loved one suffer. Andy by the way, not every terminal, suffering person would necessarily choose assisted suicide, but they should certainly have the right to do so.


Bonnie   June 19th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Jack Kevorkian is my icon, my hero. There should be a Dr., K. in EVERY STATE. It should be our right to die, if we have a terminal illness. I have been an R.N. for 38 years and I completely concur that physicians and nurses help people die every day. There should be NO shame in that. Letting people suffer is a cruel twist of fate. It is unwarranted, unnecessary, and just plain not right. I can only hope that this documentary brings this topic to the forefront, where it BELONGS.


Butch   June 19th, 2010 2:06 am ET

Its sad. Dr. Kevorkian had to serve prison time for doing humane things to people who were in pain, suffering & scared. Now the idiot community organizer with the big Dumbo elephant ears has passed his heath care bill which will probably allow elderly people to be denied health care & die!


Meg   June 19th, 2010 2:41 am ET

Too many Dr. cannot deal with the topic of death. When telling a patient they have a malignancy too many use medical terms & hate to use the word cancer that everyone understands.....they would rather the nurse tell the patient. When my mother was dying due to a stroke...the Dr. came to see her ...stated he couldn't understand families sitting around , watching the patient dying...his mother did that when his grandmother died ...he just couldn't understand it. He also brought his labrador retriever to join him on his hospital rounds. I was offended since my mother was dying...she did not like dogs when she was healthy...she certainly didn't need 1 @ her bedside. They have forgotten ...people should die with dignity....they shouldn't be used as guinea pigs .....just because you're breathing doesn't always mean you're living!


beachbum   June 19th, 2010 2:43 am ET

Ever see someone die of cancer? Go get em Dr . K, however you need your people to get in touch with the HMO's first


beachbum   June 19th, 2010 2:48 am ET

Isn't that why we have to designate a proxy EVERY time at the hospital or doctor...maybe we should all make Dr. Kevorkian our proxies


David Rosenthal   June 19th, 2010 3:24 am ET

I am very involved with my elderly Mom who is constantly in pain, depressed with increasing lack of mobility. She does not want to 'end it now' but I think she should have the right to decide gently to stop fighting should she wish to. Myself, I am in my early 50s and watching her am terrified of getting old and going through what is an essentially hopeless situation as all our lives will end in death anyway.
I want the option for myself, should my end of life be filled with personal pain or great suffering by my family.
I beleive that Dr. Kevorkian is on the right track and that something must be done to allow the terminally ill to die with dignity and no suffering.
– david


unidiot   June 19th, 2010 3:28 am ET

I am a nurse who works with a quadriplegic and I know first hand that if euthanasia was an option, he would do it instantly. There are many people who are suffering greatly, and are well aware of the fact that they are already dying, or in the case of my patient, are unable to live a fulfilling life. They may want a dignified death on their own terms, and I think, if their affairs are set in order, that they should be able to go to a physician, or at the very least, someone with the proper training and legal authorization to act, and be able to die in a relatively painless and diginified manner.


K. Woodin   June 19th, 2010 3:46 am ET

I just watched your interview of Jack Kevorkian. What is the difference between assisted suicide and hospice? The love of my life was diagnosed with stage 4 adenocarcinoma. He walked and was able to carry on a conversation in the morning and when he arrived at hospice, his narcotics were increased, a sedative was added, and he died 2 days later without regaining consciousness. He had good insurance, wanted to come home, but "that was not an option". The medical community made money and the hospice house was able to fill his bed sooner. Dave was euthanized in an unfamiliar place when he could have died in our home with the people that loved him.
He was only 53 years old.


Jenny McCombs   June 19th, 2010 3:54 am ET

I have a real issue in the simple fact that:

A. If the courts are serious about charging him with murder, why wasn't the brother of the man that had Lou Garrett's disease charged with at least accessory to murder, and:

B. If what Jack Kevorkian does is considered murder, then why isn't the death sentence abolished?


claudia   June 19th, 2010 4:27 am ET

Frankly, who in their sanest moment wants to be kept alive as a vegetable because the latest technology can keep you alive? This is not compassion.


Kathie   June 19th, 2010 5:01 am ET

It is pitful that we can be more humane to our animals than to fellow humans. As a former hospice nurse I personally witnessed the suffering of people. End of life issues are real and need to be addressed. I applaud Dr. K for the courage to help people in this difficult time.


richard stokes   June 19th, 2010 5:30 am ET

Doctor Kevorkian should never have went to prison. When other doctors legally preform partial birth abortions on a fully formed fetuses, and courts legally execute criminals whose only choice is what they want for their last meal, why cant a doctor legally assist in the humane painless process of assisted suicide? where has the common sense in our legal system gone? A person would have to be very twisted or very caring to help another commit suicide, but if i was terminally ill, in pain with no hope it wouldn't matter the doctors disposition, I would prefer to go out the Kevorkian style.


Dr. Tamer Lokman   June 19th, 2010 5:40 am ET

Dear Larry and Dr. Jack... Nobody had a say in whether to come to life or not so why is one entitled to have a say in leaving life?!


Chris Darlington   June 19th, 2010 6:03 am ET

Thanks for the programme today, what an inspiration to the world and such an injustice yet he has emerged without any bitterness.

It was a truly humbling eperience watching this man and the true courage he had to go against the rules.

I wish him well.


richard stokes   June 19th, 2010 6:11 am ET

one more perspective. when i am ready to leave this world for what ever reason, i am going to go. i just hope it is as sure and final as the doctors. i wouldn't want my method to result in having left me a brain dead vegetable in a mental institution.


Peggy   June 19th, 2010 6:31 am ET

@Judie Ryan:
What happened to you is absolutely awestriking and the happy ending is a blessing indeed.
However, Dr. Kervorkian has quite a stringent set of rules as well as tests and qualifications to be met before he even considers such a procedure. After listening to him and reading his books, it seems clear to me, after reading your story, your age, etc, that you would not have been a candidate for the procedure for many reasons. The doctor does not perform this procedure based on a conversation with someone at a weak moment. It is only performed after a long list of criteria are met as well as psychiatric and medical evaluations completed and recommendations forthcoming from these experts as well.
So to say if Dr. Kervorkian had been there, you'd be dead, is 'dead' wrong. And also you might want to endeavor in a bit of research of his patients and their families. I think you would be hard pressed to find one that feels that he was not encouraging them to look further for a cure and did not comfort them because the prevailing opinion of all of his patients is he does do this.
Not to mention, there are not many doctors who shop for their entire wardrobe at the Salvation Army and live in a small apartment. So one cannot say he is doing any of this for the money either. He is a passionate advocate for the right to die and for his patients' rights and comfort.


Lynn   June 19th, 2010 8:30 am ET

Too bad more doctors don't have the ethics of Dr. Kevorkian. Being a physician today is a business. They have no compassion and so worried about if they treat you, what is in it for them. I'm not saying all of them, but most of them. They are so worried about the DEA and let people dying of cancer suffer, and will not prescribe an effective pain medication-"i"m under scrutiny and they are addictive" So what, the patient is dying!!! I have lost faith in this profession. Their bed-side manner is so poor. I watched my mother suffer for every breath for 10 days before she passes. I wish I had Dr. Kevorkian to let her go in comfort and peace. Kudos to you Dr. Kevorkian. You have true medical and humane ethics-unlike any doctor I know today!!!!!!


mariam   June 19th, 2010 9:41 am ET

where is ur belief only god takes peoples lives not doctors. Dr. K is like Dr. CM both responsible for peoples lives. Only god can plug or unplug. Don;t be a bunch of atheists.


terrye matthews   June 19th, 2010 9:57 am ET

I found last night
s interview with Dr. Kavorcian very interesting but thought how Mr. King addressed the doctor several times certainly not proper. He called him countless times solely by his last name. If anything, it shows lack of respect to the doctor by ommitting his title and his age.


rosegarden   June 19th, 2010 10:17 am ET

Dr. Jack Kevorkian is a pioneer of our mankind, he is far ahead of most of us. Let's us have other choices: die of dignity, being an experiment of chemo or suffering till our last breath.


Mary McGovern   June 19th, 2010 10:32 am ET

Jack Kevorkian, MD is a HERO. The Supreme Court is an absolute disgrace on many levels. I wish Larry King well.


Helena   June 19th, 2010 11:34 am ET

Firstly, I applaud Jack or what he has done. People have a right to choose when to die. When my father was suffering a slow, lingering death, his doctor, not requested by family members, left enough morphine by his bedside to kill an ox and the means by which he could use it. He never did and she said what a brave man he was. Is she a criminal? No, I don't think so. I have heard of other stories like this in England and doctors like her, thank goodness, are not sent to jail and have no media attention. They just want their patients to have that option – one we should all have. It is not uncommon, so why was Jack subjected to all that? Sensationalism and people's thirst for yet another juicy story. Nothing else. Bless you Jack.


Carol Schmidter   June 19th, 2010 11:47 am ET

I support Dr. K.'s efforts. Please survey people over 60 and I am sure we all want to go in peace.


Andre   June 19th, 2010 1:03 pm ET

I wish I had a million dollars to give to Dr. Kevorkian for every year he had to spend in prison for doing the right thing. We have a right to die with dignity. Thank you GOOD! DR.


chad   June 19th, 2010 1:11 pm ET

people can ether comit suicide at home or go in to a dr. office and have it assisted u know ether way if a person want to die truly they will one way or another wheather it be at home or in a hospital with a doc like DR. Kevorkian u know i mean come on


Brad from Portland   June 19th, 2010 3:12 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I just have a question.....the answer to which I haven't found anywhere. I know that the estimates for the oil leak have increased a bunch. My question is .......is the leak getting worse.....and should I worry?

Thanks,

Brad


D. Hitsman   June 19th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

I just experienced two hospice assisted deaths this year...sign me up with Dr. Death!


Judy Wingo   June 19th, 2010 5:40 pm ET

I watched the show with Dr. Kevorkian. I remember him for years and the controversy surrounding him. I believe in Dr. assisted death. I watched the HBO movie and loved it and will watch the documentary . Larry did a very good interview..


Cat   June 19th, 2010 6:56 pm ET

I watched Dr. Kevorkian on Larry King. I think he is an honest, very intelligent, compassionate, courageous man. He should NEVER have gone to jail.


kimberly   June 19th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I applaude Dr. K. for his courage & conviction. What a difficult journey for him and yet I am so grateful he continues a heartfelt pursuit. I believe we do have a right to choose death and have help if need be.
It is so cruel to watch someone suffer. Blessings to you Dr. K and all those you touch!


Neida D. Perez   June 20th, 2010 4:42 am ET

Suicide, assisted or not is wrong. When assisted, it is murder. The elimination of the sick, the weak, the imperfect began the nazi horror and the assassination of millions. We should learn the lessons of history. May God have mercy on Dr. Kevorkian's soul. I find it difficult to experience compassion for him.


paulina   June 20th, 2010 7:44 am ET

Larry, would you pls do a program on the byas of the law and society againt man/husbans/fathers; there is notrue justice, man always loose in divorce courts, divorce lawyers are nothing but thiefs with a licence to steal, many women are man-chasers, who know how to trap and to explite men, the law is sadly on their side, they are masters at parental allianation, and playing victim. Men should think twice before getting married these days until there are some real changes in the law and in how society views and judges men, the real victims many times. I am for equal treatment of men; pls do not use fathers day to promtoe hate againt men and lets hope one day they will receive equal treatment and the respect they deserve, I also encourage women to go to college instead of sitting homewaiting for acheck in the mail from an explited, hard working, suffering men. terrorist are not only in other countries, lets open our eyes, terrorism is right here among ourselves


Patrick from Bäle   June 20th, 2010 9:58 am ET

According to Dr. Kevorkian's consult you live, (life is hard, sometimes harder than others, then you die), or you take your own life. After all, we do it for animals. Well, which litter or mountain pride did he come from? Human beings are not group souls or species. Each man or woman is an individual, a species, an 'ego' by him or herself. One doesn't learn that in medical school but there's more truth than 'pride' in that fact, so lets tread lightly on the animal comparisons, for the animals sake. Modern medical or material science doesn't do very well with these kinds of questions. What happens to a person who kills himself, and/or to the person who assisted him? Does pain and suffering have any value or purpose? Would a christian whose role model is a being who suffered and died on a cross, supposedly for mankind, find no value in suffering? Dr. Kevorkian's subjective, doctorly advice is there for you until your dead, then what? Could he be over-extending his medical license into areas he knows very little, or nothing, about? After all he didn't gain his medical expertise at a divinity school and science has just about replaced God, so let's go with Dr. Death. Well, he's not God but he has the medical expertise and license to kill you or to help you to kill yourself. I guess he's a kind of licensed humanist specialized in medical science till your dead. The rest is up to the patient. That about covers it for now.
And the pain? Modern man is terribly afraid of pain. A major part of the medical and pharmiceutical industry trades on this fear. What about, "No pain, no gain?" Ask Jane Fonda about that. Privately, she'll tell you what she really thinks. Does Dr. Kevorkian think that we don't learn anything from pain, that it has no value? To help elleviate the suffering, unless we win the Lotto, let's just all take our own lives, but of course with a doctor's assistance, that should cover individual responsibility, ignorance and pain. And when I come back to the earth in the opposite sex, in about 1200 years, I'll have Dr. Kevorkian, my fear, my ignorance and my egotism to thank for my 'karma'! Good luck to all the Vorkian worshippers.


Sebastian   June 20th, 2010 10:21 am ET

Someone should post the interview on YouTube so those who missed it can see, and the word of Dr. K is spread. Unfortunately I can't
Do this myself.


Derek Humphry   June 20th, 2010 1:23 pm ET

Credit due for all he has done, but what actual progress or improvement in right-to-die has Dr Kevorkian left us? He has done nothing to change laws on euthanasia - in fact he scoffs at the ones enacted in Oregon and Washington which are a good start.


Margaret James   June 20th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Two years ago my father wished to die on his family farm in Missouri. He knew it was time. For these last two years we have watched him tortured with the inability to move. At 91 his body will not tolerate antidepressants or other medications. We brought him home from nursing home and hospital in 2007 with bedsores and infections. Two years later we still lift him daily from bed to chair to bath & toilet. He cries in lonliness nearly every night. He has not slept well since WWII due to PTSD. His sores are healed, his health excellent his memory not bad. But two years ago he would have chosen a simple campfire with other friends ready to die. They would have enjoyed their last night and company in death. God Bless Dr. Kevorkian for giving us at least the dream that lonely end of life medical torture for greed may someday end.


Mary Burns   June 20th, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I think that anyone in their right mind should have the right to end their life –if there is no hope–and the end was hopeless with much pain.


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Nan   June 21st, 2010 12:20 pm ET

I don't know why people act like this man is the only person who helps people die... What do you think goes in any ICU. People get sick and need help with the pain of dying. Dying can be peaceful or painful. It is up to the patient and family.


John Thornley   June 21st, 2010 1:27 pm ET

Jack Kavorkian is a compassionate man, he has done a lot for terminally diseased people.


Christianity 101 for beginners   June 25th, 2010 11:33 am ET

Gheez, when did the US turn into a communistic country? All these folks on this blog erasing God out of their lives! Communists do not believe in God!

As a Christian, we are to endure to the end. Period. God created us and God decides when to take us out. No human has the right to this decision. When the body fails, it simply mean that you grow spiritually before you meet our father in heaven.

Amen.


JW3321   July 15th, 2010 1:56 pm ET

I am so happy that someone like Dr. Kevorkian has so much passion.

I had a sister passed in 97, at the age of 33 from a terminal hereditary disease. She had twin girls who were diagnosed at age 10 with the same terminal hereditary disease. She was a dancer when she was younger and a very independant person. She understood her situation but would often be in pain...she could not control any motor functions she would be ashamed and embarassed sometimes. I was only 15 at the time I really felt for her. I helped my mother and father take care of her at our home. I spent alot of time with her and there were times I would cry for her. I knew those last 9 days she was with us at home in her bed, she died in pain it was horrible, she passed when her girls were 15 and I 18, they watched her suffer and knew they had to deal with the same situation. As they deteriorated... they graduated high school, made funeral arrangements, even paid for the services with thier own money. And they were so proud of that. They were very positive and did not say one word. They passed at 21, didnt have to linger as long as their mother but it could have been a choice they could have made.. I am not speaking for them, but only wish that was a option. Maybe they would have chosen maybe not.... but it would be their choice. All 3 of them passed away at home, with hospice, and I with the fear of dying like that one day.
So thank you Dr. Kevorkian....for being a advocate for the terminally ill.

If they have a choice, they have a voice.


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