Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the world’s most famous crusader for assisted suicide, died early on Friday morning of natural causes. Beginning in 1990, Kevorkian’s advocacy for doctor-assisted suicide made end-of-life issues front-page news. He participated in or attended at 130 assisted suicides. In 1998, at the peak of his fame, he videotaped himself performing an assisted suicide, showed the tape on 60 Minutes, and then represented himself when he was tried for murder. He was convicted (after five previous unsuccessful attempts to convict him) and was in prison until 2005. After his release, Al Pacino played him in an Emmy-winning TV movie, and he continued to speak in favour of assisted suicide.