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Body found with note to contact Kevorkian lawyer

For the second time in a month, Detroit area police were called to a hotel room where they discovered a body and a note referring them to the attorney for assisted suicide activist Jack Kevorkian.

Livonia police said Wednesday they recovered the body of a man in his 40s thought to be from Pennsylvania, about 9 a.m. A wheelchair was found in the man's room at the Quality Inn in Livonia, a suburb west of Detroit.

The manager at the Quality Inn said the man checked into the hotel Tuesday. She referred further questions to police.

Kevorkian attorney Geoffrey Fieger was in court and could not be reached for comment.

On March 7, Fieger said 59-year-old Helen Livengood of Richmond, Va., who suffered from chronic arthritis, took her own life at the Hilton Suites Hotel in Romulus, Mich.

Fieger would not say if Kevorkian was involved in Livengood's death. But he said Livengood ended her suffering, which is how Kevorkian typically refers to his role in assisting suicides.

The 68-year-old retired pathologist has acknowledged being present at 45 deaths since 1990. Fieger has hinted Kevorkian had a role in the February deaths of two other people, one of whom was found dead in Kevorkian's van.

Kevorkian is free on $10,000 bond after being arrested last November on felony assisted suicide charges. Prosecutors in west-central Michigan have charged Kevorkian with violating the state's unwritten "common law" against assisted suicide. Kevorkian's bond prohibits him from being present at assisted suicides.

Since 1994 Kevorkian has been acquitted at three assisted suicide trials involving five deaths.