An elderly doctor who became the butt of jokes after he posted a photo of himself on Facebook posing next to a cartoon of a woman with the words “Pagina for a man with a vagina” has died at his home in Michigan.
Dr. Daniel J. Sutter, the author of “The Power of the Vagina,” died on Wednesday at his Grand Rapids home, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The doctor had been hospitalized in recent weeks after a heart attack.
The doctor, who lived alone, is survived by his wife of more than 100 years, his daughter, his son and his granddaughter.
His other two daughters were with him at the time of his death, according to the Associated Press.
In a Facebook post, Sutter said he was “so blessed” to have been able to help people throughout his life.
“For me, the most important thing is that I can help others and live a good life,” he wrote.
The 74-year-old Sutter died at home in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, according with the Free Press.
“He is deeply loved and missed by all of us in our lives,” his daughter and granddaughter, who did not immediately respond to The Associated Press’ request for comment, said in a statement.
Sutter was a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest U.S. medical association, which represents more than 500,000 doctors and health professionals across the country.
The AMA says he was a leader in the field of medical research and medical practice.
His medical work also drew widespread attention after he published a 2012 study that found that women with vaginas are more likely to experience chronic pelvic pain, an illness that causes chronic fatigue, pain, and other symptoms.
His work led to the development of a new treatment called Mucosal Pharmacotherapy, or MPS, that helps women with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
Suttles death comes a few weeks after the death of another American physician, Dr. Bruce A. Tompkins, who died in September at the age of 74.
Toms death was not immediately clear.
In 2017, the AMA reported that there are approximately 20,000 people in the U.N. who have chronic pelvic inflammation, the second-leading cause of disability and death in women.
In 2017, there were 5.4 million new cases of pelvic inflammatory disorder worldwide.