Hasan Bitmez, the Turkish lawmaker who suffered a sudden heart attack during an anti-Israel speech this week, has died, according to reports.
As Slay News reported, 53-year-old Bitmez, who would have turned 54 on Friday, collapsed while giving an address before the nation’s General Assembly Hall in Ankara.
The Turkish parliamentarian suffered a heart attack within seconds of declaring that “Israel will suffer the wrath of Allah.”
Bitmez was calling on his fellow lawmakers to back the Islamic terrorist group Hamas when he collapsed, according to a report from the Yeshiva World.
During his speech on the assembly floor, Bitmez said: “We can perhaps hide from our conscience but not from history.”
Then he warned, “Israel will suffer the wrath of Allah.”
Within a few seconds, he collapsed to the floor as people rushed the state to help him.
According to Turkish media reports, Bitmez underwent CPR on the scene.
He was then rushed to a hospital, where he was reported to be in critical condition.
The Saadet Party Kocaeli deputy had to be stretchered out of the hall after receiving chest compressions “for a long time,” Turkish media reported.
However, Reuters reported that Bitmez, a member of the opposition Saadat Party, died in Ankara City Hospital Thursday morning.
He leaves behind a wife and one child.
Bitmez graduated from Cairo’s Al Azhar University and served as the chairman of the Centre for Islamic Union Research.
He also worked for several Islamic non-governmental organizations.
Bitmez’s collapse and subsequent death were reportedly due to a “heart attack.”
The official cause of death has yet to be revealed, however.
Turkey and Israel reached an accord on relations in 2022.
However, the deal has been rocked ever since Hamas terrorists launched brutal attacks against Israeli citizens on October 7.
The assault has killed some 1,400.
Turkey’s population is about 99% Muslim.