Turkish leaders have attended on Friday the funeral of Hasan Karakaya, a leading journalist, who has lost his life during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
Erdogan has interrupted his Saudi visit after Karakaya's death, an old friend of his, has been pronounced dead on early Thursday morning due to a heart attack in the Muslim holy city of Medina.
Karakaya, who was 58 years old, could not be saved despite all the efforts according to the presidential health coordinator Serkan Topaloglu. He reportedly had a heart condition.
Erdogan hailed the late journalist as an exemplary man whose place could not be filled in the media world.
“For a long time, our brother, Mr Hasan and we were comrades” said Erdogan. He added that he has accompanied him in almost all of his overseas trips.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has also praised Karakaya’s journalism career stating that “He was a writer who always spoke out courageously for what he thought and believed without hesitation, even under the most difficult circumstances.”
Karakaya was the editor-in-chief of Yeni Akit, a conservative Turkish newspaper.