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Monday, June 6, 2011

Dr. Jack Kevorkian Memorial Haikus

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 11:13 AM

America's best-known advocate of physician-assisted suicide, Jack Kevorkian, died Friday. Nicknamed, Dr. Death, Kevorkian was brought to trial numerous times for assisting terminally ill patients commit suicide, and his practices were shrouded in controversy. An article in the Detroit Free Press claimed, among other things, that 60 percent of the people Kevorkian helped die were not in fact terminally ill.

However, he never wavered in his belief that death should not be a crime. He claims to have helped more than 130 patients self-terminate with a machine that he built himself and traveled the nation urging lawmakers to pass right-to-death laws. His actions helped spur assisted-suicide legislation in three states: Oregon, Washington and Montana.

As has become BW's practice with notable deaths, we asked our readers to submit memorial haikus online. Those haikus are compiled below. Any further haikus may be submitted in the comments section below.

Kelsey Jae Nunez
Thanks for what you did;
Your compassion will be missed.
Life, death, and freedom.

Boise Weekly
You showed us hard truth
Dying should not be a crime
Neither should mercy

Angela Weaver
Jack Kervorkian
Relieved pain not by aspirin
But by empathy

Vida Smith
True display of love.
Freedom of choice you gave if seeked,
Beath in peaceful sleep.

Tonya L. Judy
In death
May you find

Boise Weekly
Compassion takes work
When fighting those without heart
You worked overtime

Matthew Patnode
Hope you find the peace
You gave so many others
See you in Heaven!

Jason Crawforth
Born from love and hope
Lived a rich and complete life
Let me leave with grace

Boise Weekly
Hunger strikes and jail time
You walked the walk most talk
To bring people peace

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