Owner of local newspaper Son Nokta, Turkish journalist Erol Kes who didn't believe the pandemic is real died of COVID-19 on Sept. 20, his paper reported.
"Erol Kes contracted coronavirus a while back. He was taken into intensive care on Sept. 10 when his condition became grave. Today, we received the sad news about him," said his daily in an announcement of his death.
Kes had become infamous for his social media post where he said he didn't "believe neither in COVID-19 nor in test results" in an apparent denial of the global pandemic.
Kes was later in the public eye for his controversial views and often said that he believed COVID-19 wasn't real and that the vaccine was a game being played with human life.
AŞI KARŞITI DEĞİLİM AMA BU KEZ İNANDIRAMADILAR. KIZAMIK, SIÇİÇEĞİ, ÇOCUK FELCİ GİBİ AŞILARA İNANIYORUM AMA COVİD AŞISINI İNANDIRAMADILAR— Erol Kes-SONNOKTAGAZETESİ (@erolkes) September 4, 2021
"I'M NOT AGAINST VACCINATIONS BUT THEY COULDN'T CONVINCE ME THIS TIME. I BELIEVE IN VACCINES AGAINST MEASLES, CHICKENPOX AND POLIO BUT THEY COULDN'T MAKE ME BELIEVE THE COVID VACCINE," Kes had tweeted on Sep. 4.