September 8, 1997 in Nation/World

Kevorkian Assists Another Suicide

Associated Press
 
Tags:Death

Dr. Jack Kevorkian was reportedly involved in the death of a Texas woman whose body was found in a hotel Sunday.

Sources close to Kevorkian “confirmed the retired pathologist assisted in a suicide,” The Oakland Press reported Monday.

Kevorkian’s attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, declined comment when contacted by The Associated Press. But he told the newspaper that Kevorkian was associated with the woman.

“She has chronic, progressive multiple sclerosis,” Fieger said. “She was wheelchair-bound and in tremendous pain.”

The newspaper identified the woman as Deborah Sickels, 43, of Arlington, Texas.

The woman’s body was discovered at a hotel about 7:30 a.m., police said. A signed note, believed to be written by the woman, said she suffered from multiple sclerosis and hepatitis, according to police.

The letter did not mention anyone else, police said. Previous notes left at deaths Kevorkian has acknowledged attending have instructed police to contact Fieger.

Police said the body was sent to the Wayne County medical examiner to determine the cause of death.

Kevorkian has acknowledged attending 48 deaths, including the suicide last Wednesday of a 56-year-old woman with ovarian cancer. But Fieger said last month that the retired pathologist has attended “nearly 100” deaths since 1990.

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