Turkish oppositionist Gulen allegedly dies in US, Turkish media reports

09:28, 19 November 2021
Turkish oppositionist Gulen allegedly dies in US, Turkish media reports Photo: Dennis Jarvis from Halifax/

Islamic religious preacher and public figure Fethullah Gülen might be poisoned and killed at his home in the Pennsylvania state on November 17 where he lived since 1999, the opposition Turkish news portal OdaTV reported. One of his supporters allegedly died after committing suicide.

The Turkish authorities have accused Gulen's organization, which they call FETO (Fethullahist terrorist organization), of involvement in a coup attempt in July 2016.

However, a number of media outlets deny the death of the Turkish opposition head as journalist Emre Uslu said on his Twitter, citing personal sources of information, that the data on Gulen's death is fake.

Another Turkish reporter Cevdet Türkyolu posted a video where he says that the preacher is alive, and the rumors of an attempt on his life are fiction.

To date, there are no official statements in this regard. The Pennsylvania State Police Department and Gulen's spokesperson Alp Aslandogan have not responded to requests for comment on the matter.

On July 15, 2016, Turkey faced a coup attempt in which 248 people died and more than 2.7 thousand were injured. The Turkish authorities blamed the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the coup, who acted through the opposition organization FETO. The preacher insisted on his innocence in the attempted coup.