Defne Joy Foster

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Defne Joy Foster
Defne Joy Foster Izmir Fatih College Graduation Ceremony Pic.JPG
From high school graduation, 1992
Born(1975-09-02)September 2, 1975
DiedFebruary 2, 2011(2011-02-02) (aged 35)
Resting placeZincirlikuyu Cemetery
NationalityAmerican, Turkish
OccupationActress, presenter, VJ
Years active1996–2011
Notable work
Sihirli Annem
İlker Yasin Solmaz
(m. 2008)

Defne Joy Foster (September 2, 1975 – February 2, 2011) was an American Turkish actress, presenter and VJ.


Defne Joy Foster was born in İncirlik, Turkey.[2][3] She was born to her Turkish mother Hatice from İzmir, Turkey and American father Steve.[4] Defne (occasionally rendered as "Daphne" or "Daphné" in some sources) did her studies in Alsancak primary school and at İzmir Özel Fatih Lisesi, a private school, also in İzmir.[5] Foster married with Yasin Solmaz in 2008 and gave birth to only child of couple, male, Can Kılıç in 2009.[4]


Foster was found dead at her friend Kerem Altan's apartment in Istanbul on February 2, 2011.[6][7][8][9] She was thought to have died from respiratory difficulty and a heart attack.[6] The results of her autopsy was cardiac arrest caused by asthma and consumption of alcoholic drinks with medication.[10][11] In February 2015, Kerem Altan was sentenced to two months in prison for waiting over two and a half hours after Foster fell unconscious before calling emergency services, however his sentence was suspended shortly after.[12][13] Altan's statements were also contradictory to the forensic investigation. According to the investigators there was a total of four people in the house on the night of Foster's death, while Altan stated he and Foster were the only people home.[14] Furthermore, according to Altan's testimony he did not have a sexual act with Foster during the night yet Foster's bottom underwear were found near the bed.[15]

In 2016, further investigation into her death revealed that Kerem Altan was the only person whose testimony was taken by the police despite the taxi driver who brought the two home and the neighbor saying they had heard fighting and screams. A Ahmet Altan has been arrested in 2016 and the case has been reopened into the death of Foster, while a travel ban is placed on Kerem to prevent him from fleeing the country.[16][17]


Foster first appeared on TV screens as a VJ on Kral TV and later went into acting on various TV series.[6] She last participated in Yok Böyle Dans, the Turkish version of Dancing with the Stars, where she finished 4th, having been eliminated in January 2011.[6]


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ruhsar TV series
2000 Beyaz Yalanlar Ahu TV series
2000 Dadı Defne TV series
2003 Sihirli Annem Eda TV series
2006 Selena Pandora TV series
2007 Hayal ve Gerçek Gizem TV series
2010 Yok Böyle Dans Herself Reality show


  1. ^ sitesi, Türkiye'nin lider haber. "Defne Joy Foster'ın oğlu Can Kılıç 6 yaşında". MİLLİYET HABER - TÜRKİYE'NİN HABER SİTESİ. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  2. ^ "'Sihirli kız' Defne Joy'un kısa hikayesi..." Archived from the original on 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2011-02-07.
  3. ^ "Kara kızın kara talihi".
  4. ^ a b Öznur Kaymak (5 February 2011). "Babası fırtına mağduru" (in Turkish). Akşam. Archived from the original on 9 August 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Bu gülüşü bitiren neden araştırılıyor". Yeni Asır. 2011-02-02..
  6. ^ a b c d "TURKEY - Turkish-American celebrity found dead in Istanbul". Archived from the original on 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  7. ^ "Defne Joy Foster arkadaşının evinde ölü bulundu! - Yaşam Haberleri".
  8. ^ Kerem Altan o geceyi anlattı (in Turkish)
  9. ^ "Famous actress, TV host Defne Joy Foster dies at 31". Archived from the original on 2011-02-05. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
  10. ^ "Defne'nin ölüm nedeni belli oldu". Milliyet. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Journalist convicted in death of TV host". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  13. ^ Demirci, Gülcan (13 February 2015). "Defne Joy davasında Kerem Altan'a hapis cezası". Sabah. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Defne Joy Foster'ın Şüpheli Ölümü". Fetö Gerçekleri. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  15. ^ Karaman, Nazif (25 November 2016). "Defne Joy dosyası, FETÖ şüphesiyle raftan indi..." Sabah. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  16. ^ "Ahmet Altan tutuklandı". NTV. Anadolu Ajansa, DHA. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  17. ^ Karaman, Nazif (30 November 2016). "Defne Joy Foster dosyası yeniden açıldı - Kerem Altan'a yurtdışı yasağı". Sabah. Retrieved 3 April 2020.

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