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21-year-old student kills self with help from Kevorkian

Paralyzed and unable to breathe without a respirator, Roosevelt Dawson wanted to be released from the hospital so he could die.

The 21-year-old Oakland University student got his wish with Dr. Jack Kevorkian's help hours after he was released from the hospital Thursday, Kevorkian attorney Geoffrey Fieger said. He was the youngest person known to have committed suicide with Kevorkian's help."It's a tragedy any way you look at it," Fieger said. "There's a slight solace in that he got to come home, got to be with his mother and got to die in peace."

Dawson had been unable to use his arms and legs and had depended on a ventilator to breathe since a viral infection attacked his spinal cord 13 months ago.