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İbrahim Erkal (10 October 1966 – 11 May 2017) was a Turkish singer, songwriter, composer and actor. Under the name İbrahim Güzelses, he released his first album in 1984. In 1994, he re-released the album under his own name.

İbrahim Erkal
Born(1966-10-10)10 October 1966
Died11 May 2017(2017-05-11) (aged 50)
Cause of deathCerebral hemorrhage
  • Singer
  • musician
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • actor
Filiz Akgün (m. 2003)
Musical career
Years active1992–2017
  • Ulus
  • Camses
  • Söz Müzik
  • Poll

In 1994, he released Tutku, and in 1995 Sıra Bende/Aklımdasın. His third album, Gönlünüze Talibim, was released in 1996. The album has sold 1.4 million copies. Erkal was among the best-selling musicians of 1996 in Turkey and "Canısı" was one of the most popular songs. In 1997, he starred in the TV movie Canısı. The film ranked first in the ratings. In 1997, he played in the TV series based on the same movie. His fourth album, Sırılsıklam, was released in 1998. It sold 2.2 million copies, and was the second best-selling album of 1998 in Turkey. Erkal starred in a TV series at the end of 1998.

In 2000 he published the album De Get Yalan Dünya, selling 1 million copies. Su Gibi (2001), Aşknâme (2002), Gönül Limanı (2004) and Yüreğinden Öpüyorum/Gülüm (2006) were all released under the Ulus Music label. In 2006, he left Ulus Music and released two albums afterwards. In 2015 he published his album Nefes 1.

On 12 April 2017, Erkal lost his balance due to low blood pressure and hit his head against the floor and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. He was hospitalized and put under intensive care.[1] On 9 May, it was reported that he had been diagnosed with brain death, yet the vital functions of his heart and other organs were sustained, depending on the external life support.[2] Erkal died on 11 May 2017 at Ümraniye Eğitim ve Araştırma Hospital in Istanbul.[3][4] On 13 May 2017, his funeral was held at Marmara İlahiyat Mosque and his body was later buried at Karacaahmet Cemetery.[5]


Other albums




Year Award Category Result
1996 Kral Video Music Awards Arabesque - Fantasy Best Male Nominated
1997 Kral Video Music Awards Song of the Year (Canısı) Nominated
Best Lyric (Canısı) Won
Arabesque - Fantasy Best Male Won
Best composition (Canısı) Nominated
2001 Kral Video Music Awards Arabesque - Fantasy Best Male Nominated
2002 Kral Video Music Awards Arabesque - Fantasy Best Male Nominated
2003 Kral Video Music Awards Arabesque - Fantasy Best Male Nominated


  1. ^ Kızgınyürek, Mustafa (13 April 2017). "Beyin kanaması geçiren İbrahim Erkal'ın tedavi sürecine dair kritik bir açıklama yapıldı". Sözcü. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Şarkıcı İbrahim Erkal'ın beyin ölümü gerçekleşti". Sputnik. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Sanatçı İbrahim Erkal yaşamını yitirdi". Cumhuriyet. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ "İbrahim Erkal'ın yakınları taziyeleri kabul ediyor". Sözcü (in Turkish). 12 May 2017. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Binlerce Kişi İbrahim Erkal'ı Son Yolculuğuna Uğurladı". Milliyet. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 13 May 2017.

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