Turkey’s former Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit died on Thursday at the age of 79.

According to information obtained by Anadolu Agency’s correspondent, Buyukanit, who had been receiving medical treatment for some time, died early in the morning in Istanbul.

Filiz Buyukanit, his wife also passed away at the age of 79, four days ago. Yasar Buyukanit could not attend his wife’s funeral due to his illness.

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