Turkish actor Zeki Alasya buried in Zincirlikuyu Cemetery

Veteran actor and director Zeki Alasya, best known for his roles in comedic films in the 1970s, was buried in Zincirlukuyu Cemetery on Sunday following a funeral ceremony held at the Levent Mosque in Istanbul.

During the ceremony his daughter, Zeynep Alasya, accepted the condolences of Alasya’s friends, co-workers and a considerable number of fans. Head of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroilu, Alasya’s actor friends Metin Akpinar and Kadir inanir, and folk and arabesque singer Orhan Gencebay attended the funeral along with many other famous friends who paid their respects to the actor.

Alasya had received treatment at Koc University Hospital for the past two weeks. He was reported to have died at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Melek Baykal, a Turkish actress who performed in a popular TV series with Alasya, commented on his death to the media, saying: “Alasya was really a good person. Aside from his value as an artist, he was valuable to me as the one of the most warmhearted people I have ever met. I just want to say that I am honored and grateful for having had the chance to work with him and to become his friend.”

Well-known Turkish folk singer Edip Akbayram also commented on Alasya’s passing, saying: “Alasya was like a big brother to me, and was a respected friend. We shared great moments, and I will always remember him. He was a man of the people: a sincere person who would never give hypocrisy a place in his life.” The Fenerbahce Sports Club also offered its condolences on its official website. Alasya was a big fan of the club, and his coffin was covered with a Fenerbahce flag.

Akpinar also said farewell to his friend, whom he described as quotmy other half.” In 1973, Alasya started to take parts in movies. He teamed up with Akpinar, and the pair became the most popular duo in Turkish cinema. Alasya and Akpinar starred together in many films for the next 37 years. In most, they portrayed two naive buddies moving to the big city from a village, unexpectedly becoming wealthy or trying unique ways make money.