Turkish multi-sport club Beşiktaş JK's honorary president Süleyman Seba has died aged 88.
Seba, who was undergoing treatment for his respiratory tract infection, died at the American Hospital in Istanbul on Wednesday.
One of the most respected figures in Turkish sport community, Seba's death sent shockwaves across the country, with prominent people expressing condolences and sympathies to the Beşiktaş family.
Turkish President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek, and Youth and Sport Minister Akif Çağatay Kiliç issued condolence messages for Seba's death.
Beşiktaş' city rivals Galatasaray also offered sympathies.
A former Beşiktaş player, Süeyman Seba is widely regarded as one of the legends of the club mainly due to his devotionally sportsmanlike attitude during his term as the chairman of the Istanbulite club between 1984-2000.
Under his presidency, Beşiktaş won 22 titles in total including five domestic league titles, five Turkish Presidency Cup trophies and four Turkish Cup titles.
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