DETROIT, MI, May 19, 2011 ( – Dr. Jack Kevorkian, known by many as “Dr. Death” for his role in helping over 100 people commit suicide, has been hospitalized in Detroit, according to local media.


Kevorkian was reportedly rushed to Michigan’s Beaumont Hospital on Wednesday; he is suffering from pneumonia and a recurrent kidney condition.

Kevorkian’s attorney, Mayer Morganroth, said, however, that his client is “getting better.”

“He was in there a couple of weeks ago for four days,” Morganroth said, according to Detroit News. “He had a relapse and was feeling weak.”

“[Dr. Kevorkian] is just getting tests. He is improving and he is not in any danger He is in a regular room. He is not in critical care at all,” he said.

Kevorkian was released early from prison in 2007, where he was serving a 10-25-year sentence for the second-degree murder of Thomas Youk, who had Lou Gehrig’s disease. Kevorkian only served about 8 years of that sentence before being released, amidst claims of extremely poor health and that he had only a year to live.

However, rather than dying within the year, once out from behind bars Kevorkian has continued to actively advocate in favor of assisted suicide, delivering high-profile speeches for which he commands considerable speaking fees. For one 2007 speech at Florida University he was reportedly paid $50,000.

Late last year Kevorkian was the subject of a favorable biopic, starring Hollywood star Al Pacino, entitled “You Don’t Know Jack.”