Turkish singer Müslüm Gürses, who has been in intensive care for the past four months, is in a critical condition, his doctor said on Friday following media reports that the singer had died.
Gürses was taken to the intensive care unit at İstanbul's Memorial Hospital in November after undergoing heart bypass surgery.
Media reports said on Friday that the famous singer had passed away, a claim later denied by his doctor, Deniz Şener.
“Gürses is on life support. We may lose him,” Şener said, noting that his patient's condition is no different from two or five days ago. The doctor said Gürses can breathe with an apparatus and can move his arms and legs but that he is not conscious. “We have encountered many complications during a long intensive care process,” she added.
The hospital where Gürses is receiving treatment hosted many celebrities on Friday. Singers Ferdi Tayfur, Sezen Aksu and Orhan Gencebay said no one should give up hope. Tayfur called on all of Turkey and Gürses' admirers to pray for him. “We should be ready for anything to happen. Everything has been done medically. We expect prayers,” Tayfur said.
Gencebay shared an anecdote about Gürses and how the singer went to a hospital for an angiogram after Gencebay got an appointment for him. “He'll get over this, too,” he said.
Aged 60, Gürses is dubbed the “father of Arabesque music” in Turkey. He has also been featured in 38 movies. Gürses has been married to Muhterem Nur since 1986.