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Veteran journalist dies at 73 in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires | 2/26/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Veteran Turkish journalist Ahmet Vardar dies of pancreatic cancer at the age of 73 in a hospital in Istanbul.

Veteran Turkish journalist Ahmet Vardar died of pancreatic cancer Thursday at the age of 73 in a hospital in Istanbul.

Vardar worked at various media outlets starting in 1959 and retired from daily Vatan two years ago. He kept writing his column until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer almost four months ago, the NTV news Web site reported Friday.

While he was undergoing chemotherapy, the cancer spread to his liver. Vardar’s health took a turn for the worse at his home Thursday; he was rushed to the emergency room, where he died at 6:30 p.m. despite doctors’ efforts, reported daily Radikal.

His burial service was held at the Edirnekapı Cemetery and was followed by a funeral prayer at the Fatih Mosque at midday.

Vardar worked as a police and courthouse reporter for 10 years, then wrote columns and news stories for the newspapers Akşam, Günaydın, Sabah, Star, Vatan and Yeni Sabah. He had a television program, “Ahmet Vardar is Questioning,” on which he analyzed people’s problems. Vardar, who was married and had two children, also received many awards and published a book.

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