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Jack Kevorkian, the right-to-die advocate known as Dr. Death, claimed participation in at least 130 assisted suicides in the 1990s

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in Southfield, Mich. (AP Photo/The Free-Press, Regina H. Boone) ** DETROIT NEWS OUT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT **

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, 67, arrives at the Oakland County, Mich., Court House in homemade stocks and wearing a ball and chain on Thursday, Sept. 14, l995 for his arraignment on assisted suicide charges. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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DT106 In a videotape released by his attorney Thursday, Dec. 9, l993, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, left, and Eunice O'Keefe hold a paper as Donald O'Keefe, 73, signs it, saying he wished to end his life on Sept. 8, l993, in his Redford Township, Mich., home. O'Keefe, who had bone cancer, inhaled carbon monoxide and died the next day. Kevorkian is charged with violating Michigan's ban on assisted suicide.(AP Photo/Handout)

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Dr. Jack Kevorkian burns a cease-and-desist order from the state of Michigan outside the state office building in Detroit Friday, April 4, 1997. The cease-and-desist order warns him to stop assisting in suicides or face charges of practicing medicine without a license. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Assisted suicide advocate and retired pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian, with a bruise on his left cheek, sits handcuffed in a wheelchair during his arraignment 08 May at a courthouse in Royal Oak, Michigan. Kevorkian was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer 07 May. Kevorkian and his associate, psychiatrist Dr. Georges Redding (L), were arrested earlier after a scuffle with police while attempting to drop off a body at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak 07 May. Kevorkian and Redding have publicly acknowledged dozens of assisted suicides. AFP PHOTO/Andrew CUTRARO

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FILE--Thomas Youk, left, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, signs a consent form for his death before Dr. Jack Kevorkian gave him a lethal injection in this image from a Sept. 17, 1998, videotape which was broadcast on the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" in November 1998. Kevorkian lost his freedom Tuesday, April 13, 1999 as a judge sentenced him to 10 to 25 years in prison for the videotaped death of a Youk. (AP Photo/CBS via Detroit Free Press)

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Waterford, Mich. police department officers drive Dr. Jack Kevorkian to district court for his arraignment, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1998 in Waterford. Kevorkian was charged with murder three days after challenging prosecutors on CBS's "60 Minutes" to charge him in the videotaped death of a Lou Gehrig's disease patient. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Melody Youk, left, widow of Thomas Youk, meets with Dr. Jack Kevorkian during the murder trial for the retired pathologist in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, Mich., Thursday, March 25, 1999. Judge Jessica Cooper denied the request by Kevorkian to call Melody, and Youk's brother Terry, as witnesses in the lethal injection death of Thomas Youk. Dr. Kevorkian could get life in prison in Youk's death by lethal injection, which was videotaped and shown on ``60 Minutes'' and was also shown to the jury. (AP Photo/Pool, Gabriel Tate)

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Handout photo taken 23 April 1999 and released 27 April 1999, shows Dr. Jack Kevorkian in Jackson State Prison in Michigan. Kevorkian was convicted last month of second-degree murder and sentenced to 10-25 years in jail for injecting Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old terminally-ill patient suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, with lethal drugs. AFP PHOTO


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Assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian, wearing blue sweater, standing next to his attorney Mayer Morganroth, far right, addresses the media after walking out of the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Mich., Friday, June 1, 2007. Behind Kevorkian are paralegal Sarah Tucker and attorney Jeffrey Morganroth. Kevorkian, the retired pathologist dubbed "Dr. Death" after claiming he had participated in at least 130 assisted suicides, left prison after eight years Friday still believing people have the right to die. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, pool)

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