By Baris Gundogan


Rahsan Ecevit, wife and closest confidant of late Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, died at hospital in Ankara late Friday. She was 97.

Ecevit died at the Gulhane Training and Research Hospital, where she had been receiving treatment since Dec. 26.

She died in the intensive care unit due to multiple organ failure at around 9.10 p.m. Turkish time (1810GMT).

She was an artist, writer, and politician Ecevit was also founder of the Democratic Left Party and Democratic Left People’s Party.

She was the daughter of parents who moved from Thessaloniki, Greece to Turkey’s Black Sea

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