This has been quite the week for departures. Like I mentioned earlier, there was a drought where things were going along swimmingly without anyone of note leaving us. Then they started coming on like gangbusters. Almost like God was preoccupied for a moment then tried to catch up all at once on calling folks home. Here's another one.
I know I'm not the only one that found his passing a little ironic. Not the fact that he died but the manner in which he checked out. Natural causes. Here is a man who assisted more than 100 people with ending their lives yet his ends due to natural causes. I thought for sure that he himself would somehow get stricken with some sickness in his later years that would enable him to assist himself in his own demise. Guess it wasn't meant to be.
Dr. Kevorkian made more headlines back in the 80s when he first gained notoriety for his unorthodox (and as it would so happen also illegal) methods for euthanasia. It was a machine he had built that allowed the patient to have total control over ending their pain and suffering. Well a lot of people didn't like that too much and the good doctor would end up serving time over the whole thing.
Personally, I was one of the several people that supported Dr. K's efforts. When folks are at the point where they no longer want to deal with the agony that whatever illness is giving them, it should up up to them to decide if they want to end it all. Furthermore, all he did was provide the mechanism. It was still even up to that person to activate it putting the decision even more in their hands. I never saw a problem with that at all.
The one good thing about Dr. K's passing is that it didn't happen while he was incarerated. I thought for sure that that would be where he would spend his final days given his age. He never deserved to be there in the first place. And now he can be reunited with all those folks he helped so they can thank him on the other side.
Rest in peace, Dr. K.