Turkish rock star Murat Göğebakan has died of a heart attack due to leukaemia in Istanbul. Murat Göğebakan, renowned Turkish rock singer, died of a heart attack due to leukaemia in Istanbul early Thursday. Göğebakan had been undergoing cancer treatment since 2009 and had been in intensive care for the past ten days. He was born in 1968 in Turkey's southern city Adana, and studied music in Ankara State Conservatoire. The singer won many many awards including best singer of the year 1996 and also the best-selling album of 1996 at the Kral TV Video Music Awards. Göğebakan composed an election campaign song for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and was visited by him on July 4.