Bedri Koraman, veteran Turkish cartoonist, laid to rest in Bodrum

Bedri Koraman, a veteran Turkish political cartoonist who died on Saturday aged 87, was laid to rest on Sunday in the southwestern coastal town of Torba, near the holiday resort town of Bodrum.
Koraman died of respiratory failure on Saturday evening at 6:50 p.m., his doctor told the Dogan news agency. Koraman, who had been suffering from coronary disease, had also been fighting a brain edema from a recent head injury, which he suffered when he fell in his house in Torba on May 13. He had also been fighting lung cancer for some time, his son, Murat Koraman, told the Cihan news agency.
Following news of Koramanand’s death on Saturday, friends and relatives of the Koramans flocked to the familyand’s house in Torba to offer condolences to the cartoonistand’s wife, Nil Koraman, and their son.
Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kiliandcdaroilu issued a message on Sunday to offer his condolences to the Koraman family, the Cihan news agency reported. Kiliandcdaroilu called Koraman and”a doyen, a masterand” of political cartoons in his message, in which he also offered his condolences to Turkish media.
Koraman started working as a newspaper illustrator and cartoonist in Turkish media in the mid-1940s. During the 1950s, he published several satire magazines and in 1954 he started working with the Milliyet daily, for which he drew several comic strips.
Koraman became a rare example of correspondent-cartoonists in Turkish press when he covered the infamous Yassiada junta trials of 1960 and 1961, which followed Turkeyand’s 1960 military coup, via his cartoons in the paper.
In the 1970s, Koraman became one of the first cartoonists in Turkish press to be featured on the front page of a daily when the slain journalist Abdi ipekandci, then the editor-in-chief of Milliyet, asked Koraman to draw cartoons to accompany political news stories for the front page.
During the 1980s, Koraman also worked briefly with the Turkish newspaper Gandunei.
Koraman was buried in a private funeral in the Torba Cemetery following afternoon prayers.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman