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Obituary: Oguz Aral, 1936-2004
posted July 26, 2004


Turkish cartoonist Oguz Aral died due to complications from a heart attack he suffered while on holiday in the Aegean resort of Bodrum. He was 68.

The influential cartoonist, teacher and editor was best known internationally for publishing the weekly magazine Girgir (translated as "Fun") with brother and fellow cartoonist Tekin Aral, starting in 1972. When the magazine turned sharply critical of the military leaders who took power in a 1980 coup, the Aral magazine was one of the first publications to be closed in the crackdowns that followed.

The Ankara resident began his career as a cartoonist in 1950. He was buried on July 28 in Istanbul.