After spending eight years in the slammer on a second-degree murder conviction, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a.k.a. “Dr. Death,” is once again a free man — and he hasn’t changed his belief that terminally ill patients have the right to die.

A smiling Kevorkian said the release was “one of the high points of life” as he paused near a white van that was waiting for him. He was accompanied by “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace and wore a blue sweater, striped shirt, striped tie, gray slacks, white socks and black shoes.

Throughout the 1990s, Kevorkian challenged authorities to make his actions legal — or try to stop him. He burned state orders against him and showed up at court in costume.

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