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Jack Kevorkian was a Pontiac, Michigan-born American pathologist, painter, author as well as a musician who was best known for being a euthanasia activist. Born on 26 May 1928 to parents of Armenian descent, he died of thrombosis on 3 June, 2011. As a euthanasia activist, Jack was active from 1952 until the time of his death.

A well-known personality who advocated for mercy death all his life, how much did Jack Kevorkian’s net worth count? As of 2015, his wealth is a decent amount of $100,000. Needless to say, his medical practices as well as his occasional marketing of arts and music were the major sources of his income. However, his undying fame and popularity came from his advocacy for assisted suicide to terminally ill patients.

Jack Kevorkian Net Worth $100,000

Raised in Pontiac, Jack was a keen student who graduated with honors from Pontiac Central High School. Then he went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1952. He later completed his residency training and also conducted a brief research program on transfusion of blood. As he became more involved in the active practice of medicine, Jack started developing ideas regarding death issues which created controversies all around the USA.

Initially, Jack started propounding his thoughts on euthanasia by writing articles for medical journals, in which he advocated the ethics of euthanasia and famously published his quote “Dying is not a crime.” Jack’s ideas not only brought controversies in the medical field, he also began to find fame in the media, for various reasons. During this time, he also met fans who supported his idea that assisted suicide should be legal for terminally ill patients. However, his thoughts brought him into conflict with the doctors of the University of Michigan where he practiced, and later he left the university to pursue his advocacy elsewhere.

Eventually, Jack started practicing his idea and helping in assisted suicide. He also began advertising his work as death counseling, which earned him the name “Dr. Death”. Some of his other thoughts included using criminals on death row for medical experiments, using their blood and organs after their death for other sick patients, and so on which he thought would be beneficial for military purposes. However, his ideas were discarded by the military as well as the people in prison.s

As a death counsellor, Jack began to perform assisted suicide for terminally ill patients using machines like “Thanatron” and “Mercitron”, which caused him trouble with the law. He was charged with the murder of his 54 year-old Alzheimer patient who he helped to commit suicide according to his patient’s wish. Although this charge was dropped, he was eventually charged with second degree murder in 1999. He was sentenced to 20-25 years in prison, but in 2007 he was released for good behavior under the oath that he would never practice death counselling again.

Apart from his advocacy in mercy killing, he was also known for his artistic ability, even marketing some of his works. He was also a noted jazz composer and instrumentalist. As much as these artistic sides were the part of his life, he is best remembered for putting forward all the above mentioned controversial ideas on euthanasia.

As for his personal life, Jack remained unmarried throughout his life. He left the world on 3 June, 2011 due to his kidney problems. Although his ideas were controversial, he is still remembered for his historical advocacies. At the time of his death, Jack had a net worth of $100,000 which still remains the same.

Quick Facts

Birth date: May 26, 1928
Birth place: Pontiac, Michigan, United States
Death date: June 3, 2011, Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.72 m)
Profession:Physician, Pathologist, Painter, Author, Musician
Nationality:United States of America
Parents:Levon Kevorkian, Satenig Kevorkian
Siblings:Margaret Kevorkian, Flora Kevorkian

Interesting Facts

1He moved to Long Beach, California in 1976 where he spent his time painting and writing and producing an unsuccessful film, about "Handel's Messiah." He was there for 12 years.
2In 1984, he supported a bill in California that would enable death row prisoners to donate their organs and die by anesthesia instead of poison gas or the electric chair.
3He is survived by his sister, Flora Kevorkian Holzheimer. His sister, Margo Kevorkian Janus, died in 1994.
4He was the middle child and only son of three children of Levon and Satenig Kevorkian, Armenian refugees.
5Of Armenian descent.


1My specialty is death.
2They must charge me; either they go or I go, that means they'll never convict me in a court of law.
3This is something I would want.
4My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience. I'm trying to knock the medical profession into accepting it's responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.





The Youth in Us2005Short special thanks



The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Larry King Live2007-2010TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2010TV SeriesHimself
Right to Exit2004DocumentaryHimself
Calling Dr. Kevorkian: A Date with Dr. Death1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
TV Nation1994TV Series documentaryHimself
This Week1991TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

60 Minutes1998-2012TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Euthanasia Doctor (segment "Jack Kevorkian") / Himself (segment "Mike") / ...
Disorder in the Court 2: 20 More Outrageous Courtroom Moments2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the '90s2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Everyman1997TV Series documentaryHimself

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