Kevorkian public service set Friday near Detroit

June 6, 2011
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 1990 file photo, Dr. Jack Kevorkian sits in his lawyer's office in Southfield, Mich., after Oakland County Prosecutor Richard Thompson announced that he would be charged with murder in the death of a woman who committed suicide by using a device of the doctor's. Kevorkian's lawyer and friend, Mayer Morganroth, says the assisted suicide advocate died Friday, June 3, 2011 at a Detroit-area hospital at the age of 83. (AP Photo, File)

TROY, Mich. (AP) — A public memorial service is planned for assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian Friday in suburban Detroit, his longtime friend said.

The ceremony is being held at 9:30 a.m. at White Chapel Memorial Cemetery in Troy, said attorney Mayer Morganroth.

"We weren't going to do anything, but we started getting calls from all across the country and from foreign countries, too," Morganroth told the Detroit Free Press in a story posted Monday on the newspaper's website. "There is just so much interest from people who wanted to do something to remember Jack."

Kevorkian, 83, died Friday at Royal Oak's Beaumont Hospital, where he was being treated for pneumonia and kidney problems.

Kevorkian has said he attended about 130 deaths.

He faced several trials but escaped a conviction until his participation in the death of Thomas Youk, a 52-year-old man with Lou Gehrig's disease, was shown on video on CBS' "60 Minutes." Kevorkian was convicted in 1999 of second-degree murder and sentenced to 10-25 years in prison.

He was released after promising in affidavits that he would not assist in more suicides.

Kevorkian was born in 1928 in the Detroit suburb of Pontiac and graduated from the University of Michigan's medical school in 1952.