Veteran Turkish singer laid to rest in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Politicians, popular singers and prominent figures rallied on Tuesday to lay to rest the late Turkish classical singer Muzeyyen Senar, who died aged 96 at a hospital in Izmir on Sunday morning.

The funeral ceremony was attended by Abdurrahman Avci, the deputy minister of culture and tourism, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, singers Sezen Aksu and Bulent Ersoy.

The 97-year-old Senar's daughter, Feraye Isil, and son, Omer Isil, received condolences at the funeral ceremony.

The late singer was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery where her fans who attended the funeral carried banners that praised her.

Muzeyyen Senar's singing career spanned half a century, from 1933 to 1983.

Senar was bedridden at Izmir Ege University Hospital since Feb. 2, her daughter Feraye Isil said.

According to Isil, the legendary singer died of health complications resulting from pneumonia. Doctors pronounced Senar dead at 7:30 a.m. local time (0530GMT), she added.

Senar was born on July 16, 1918, in Bursa province during Ottoman rule. She began her musical career in 1931 at the Anadolu Musiki Cemiyeti, or the Anatolia Musical Association, in Uskudar, Istanbul, and retired from singing in 1983. She sang to the Turkish Republic’s founder, Ataturk.

In 2013, Senar received Turkey’s Culture and Arts Grand Award, presented annually by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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