Mehmet Oz aka Doctor Oz posing at the Doctor Oz photocall during the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on June 13, 2012. Photo by Marco Piovanotto/ABACAPRESS.COM
Celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz has denied any relation to the "African Mango" diet pill that recently killed a woman in the northwestern province of Balıkesir despite the illegal use of his name in advertisements.
Oz said he endorsed no such products and only advised healthy eating behavior and exercising as a means to lose weight, daily Vatan reported.
The company, now facing a lawsuit filed by Oz, claimed the globally famous doctor endorsed the pill on his TV show.
Oz said no products similar to African Mango should be bought for their famous-people ads on the grounds that almost all such commercials use celebrity names illegally.
"I repeat again: Do not buy any products because they use my name," Oz said. "I have nothing to do with them."
Nilüfer Gülmez in Balıkesir fell into a coma after taking the diet pill known as African Mango before she passed away in hospital. The death sparked a nationwide debate on the use of diet pills.