Death – Turkey international and Konyaspor star killed in horror car crash on motorway

Death – Obituary

A TURKISH international footballer has died in a horror car crash aged 27.

Ahmet Yilmaz Calik was driving the vehicle on the motorway when he lost control and crashed at around 9am local time on Tuesday morning.

Turkish footballer Ahmet Yilmaz Calik died in a car crash aged 27 on Tuesday

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Turkish footballer Ahmet Yilmaz Calik died in a car crash aged 27 on TuesdayCredit: Getty
His former clubs and the Turkish sports minister sent messages of condolences

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His former clubs and the Turkish sports minister sent messages of condolencesCredit: Instagram @ahmetcalik5

It is understood the car overturned as it came off the carriageway.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but Calik was declared dead at the scene in heartbreaking circumstances.

Calik was the only person in the car at the time of the crash.

The defender earned eight senior caps for Turkey between 2015 and 2017 after progressing through the youth teams – although he did not appear at Euro 2016 despite being named in the squad.

He was playing his club football with Konyaspor until his tragic passing, joining the Super Lig outfit in 2020 from Galatasaray.

Konyaspor tweeted a message of support for their popular centre-back: “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our football player Ahmet Calik, who has won the love of our fans and our city since the first day he came to our Konyaspor.

“Condolences to all of us, especially to the family of our football player Ahmet Calik.”

Turkey’s youth and sports minister Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoglu said: “I have learned with deep regret that our national football player Ahmet Calik, who plays for Konyaspor, passed away in a traffic accident on the Ankara – Nigde highway.

“May God have mercy on the late Ahmet Calik, who also served in our national team.

“My condolences to his family, Konyaspor and the entire football community.”

Galatasaray and the Turkish national team as well as Calik’s first club Genclerbirligi also shared posts paying tribute.

Calik joined the academy at Genclerbirligi aged 11 in 2005 and turned professional with his boyhood club in 2011.

He went on to make 109 league appearances for them across six years before his three years at Galatasaray and signed a contract extension with Konyaspor in November.

The Anatolian Eagles currently sit second in the Super Lig, ten points off leaders Trabzonspor.

Calik played the full 90 minutes of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Sivasspor in what would, sadly, prove to be his final appearance.

The centre-back, left, spent three years with Galatasaray before joining Konyaspor in 2020

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The centre-back, left, spent three years with Galatasaray before joining Konyaspor in 2020Credit: Getty
Calik came through the youth ranks for the Turkey national team and earned eight senior caps

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Calik came through the youth ranks for the Turkey national team and earned eight senior capsCredit: Getty

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.