Dr. Jack Kevorkian, whose participation in at least 130 assisted suicides earned him the nickname "Dr. Death," courted controversy in the 1990's by arguing for death with dignity and ending the physical and psychological anguish of the terminally ill. After being exonerated of murder charges in five separate trials, Kevorkian was found guilty in 1999 and sentenced to 10-to-25 years in prison for the 1998 death of Thomas Youk - the first patient whose death Kevorkian videotaped. Despite serving eight and a half years in prison, Kevorkian today insists, "I don't have regrets. In fact, I'm thankful."
KEVORKIAN, a documentary film which offers a personal portrait of a most complex man, debuts Monday, June 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
"Kevorkian" offers a "Lion-in-Winter"-style portrayal of a man whose compassion and vision has largely been misunderstood, perhaps, at times, even by he himself. One friend compares him to "an Old-Testament prophet. He's very disagreeable, hard to take, nobody you want over for a weekend, but somebody who tells us some unpleasant truths."