ISTANBUL – TDN with wire dispatches
Osman Yağmurdereli, a Justice and Development Party, or AKP, deputy from Istanbul, was laid to rest yesterday in the Aşiyan Cemetery.
Yamurdereli originally became famous for singing traditional Turkish folk music, but in his later years became a producer of many favorite television shows.
He was elected to Parliament for the ruling AKP in the 2007 national elections.
A ceremony was held in honor of Yağmurdereli at the Istanbul Atatürk Culture Center yesterday.
He was born in 1953 in the Black Sea province of Trabzon and after graduating from the music department of Ankara Gazi University's faculty of education worked as a teacher for a few years.
Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay said it was very upsetting to lose such a talented man at such an early age. �He was very ill. However, he was always hopeful,� he said.
His political career was a relatively recent development, said Günay of Yağmurdereli, noting that he would be truly missed in the world of art.
President Abdullah Gül released a statement saying Yağmurdereli would always be remembered for his contribution to Turkey's music and art scene.
With Yağmurdereli's death, a third seat in Parliament has come vacant.