Jack Kevorkian Dies at 83

Jack Kevorkian - 16th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - 2011
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Al Pacino played the assisted suicide advocate in an Emmy-winning HBO movie.

Dr. Jack Kevorkian died Friday morning at a Michigan hospital, his lawyer and friend Mayer Morganrot tells the Associated Press. He was 83.

The assisted suicide advocate, who had been nicknamed “Dr. Death,” had been in the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Kevorkian was released from prison in 2007 after serving eight years on second-degree murder charges. The doctor has said he assisted in more than 130 suicides.

Al Pacino portrayed the controversial doctor in an HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack, which was nominated for 15 Emmys. It also starred Susan Sarandon, Brenda Vaccaro and John Goodman.

It premiered on the pay-cabler in April 2010. HBO spent five years making the film, which drew from Kevorkian's archives.

Director Barry Levinson told the Wall Street Journal of the movie, "You lay out what in fact took place. You don't want to recolor it or make it something it's not."

Added Len Amato, president of HBO Films, "It feels like we're taking on the last taboo."