Friday, September 25, 2009
Ertuğrul Osman, the last surviving pretender to the Ottoman throne, died on Wednesday after a renal failure at the age of 97. His wife, who was by his side, when he died, confirmed this was the case. The location of his death is a hospital in Istanbul. He had spent one week in hospital at the time of his death.
Osman was born on August 18, 1912 at Yıldız Palace in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. He was a former Prince of the Ottoman Empire and the 43rd Head of the dethroned House of Osman from 1994 until his death. If the throne were reconsecrated, he would have assumed the name Sultan Osman V.
He was fourth in line to rule when the monarchy was abolished in 1923, and the modern Republic of Turkey replaced the Imperial Dynasty. He was regarded by Turks as the "last Ottoman".
== Sister links ==
Line of succession to the Ottoman throne
List of sultans of the Ottoman Empire
Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire
== Sources ==
"'Last Ottoman' dies in Istanbul" — BBC News Online, September 24, 2009
"Ertugrul Osman, Link to Ottoman Dynasty, Dies at 97" — The New York Times, September 24, 2009
"Head of the former Ottoman dynasty dies" — AP, September 24, 2009
"Osmanoğlu, the eldest Ottoman dynasty member, passes away" — Today's Zaman, September 24, 2009
"Not Quite a Castle, but It's Home" — The New York Times, March 26, 2006