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Ersen Martin dead at 44: Former striker passes away two years after being left ‘fighting for life’ as Turkey pay tribute

FORMER Turkish international Ersen Martin has tragically passed away at the age of 44.

The ex-striker, who came through at Nuremberg before he went on to play for Besiktas and Trabzonspor, retired from football in 2013.

Ersen Martin has tragically passed away at the age of 44

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Ersen Martin has tragically passed away at the age of 44Credit: Reuters
Martin, right, played three times for the Turkey national team

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Martin, right, played three times for the Turkey national teamCredit: Alamy

He retired with three caps for his country – which came between 2004 and 2006.

He is understood to have suffered a ruptured aorta in 2022 which saw him hospitalised.

Now, after receiving lengthy treatment, he has sadly died.

His ex-club Trabzonspor paid tribute to their former player, saying: “We have learned with deep sadness the news that our former football player Ersen Martin has passed away.

“May God have mercy on Ersen Martin who lost his life; We offer our condolences to his family, loved ones and community.”

And Besiktas said: “We have learned with deep sadness that our former football player Ersen Martin has passed away.

“May God have mercy on Ersen Martin, we offer our condolences to his family, relatives and the Turkish sports community.”

Reports from Turkey claim he was intubated in hospital on March 10, before he passed away in the facility.

Fanatik claimed the huge costs at the Istanbul Siyami Ersek Heart Hospital led to Martin’s family reaching out for financial support.

In 2023, an anonymous friend said: “We support as much as we can, but only up to a certain point… We expect at least his former clubs to lend a helping hand.”

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Martin had been admitted to hospital earlier this month

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Martin had been admitted to hospital earlier this monthCredit: Alamy

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