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(1979-05-02)May 2, 1979
DiedFebruary 2, 2011(2011-02-02) (aged 31)
Resting placeZincirlikuyu Cemetery
ResidenceIstanbul, Turkey
NationalityAmerican, Turkish
OccupationActress, presenter, VJ
Years active1996–2011
Notable work
Sihirli Annem
Home townİzmir, Turkey
İlker Yasin Solmaz (m. 2008)

Defne Joy Foster (May 2, 1979 – February 2, 2011) was an American Turkish actress, presenter and VJ.


Defne was born on May 2, 1979 in İncirlik, Turkey.[2][3] Her father Steve is an Afro American and her mother Hatice is a Turk from İzmir. Defne (sometimes 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.[4]


Defne first appeared on TV screens as a VJ on Kral TV and later went into acting on various TV series.[5] 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.[5]


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


Defne was found dead at her friend Kerem Altan's apartment in Istanbul on February 2, 2011.[5][6][7][8] She was thought to have died from respiratory difficulty and a heart attack.[9] The results of an autopsy were expected by mid-March 2011.[10] In February 2015 journalist Halit Kerem Altan was sentenced to two months in prison for waiting over two hours after Foster fell unconscious before calling emergency services.[11]


  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...
  3. ^ "Kara kızın kara talihi".
  4. ^ "Bu gülüşü bitiren neden araştırılıyor". Yeni Asır. 2011-02-02..
  5. ^ a b c "TURKEY - Turkish-American celebrity found dead in Istanbul".
  6. ^ "Defne Joy Foster arkadaşının evinde ölü bulundu! - Yaşam Haberleri".
  7. ^ Kerem Altan o geceyi anlattı ‹See Tfd›(in Turkish)
  8. ^ Famous actress, TV host Defne Joy Foster dies at 31
  9. ^ "TURKEY - Turkish-American celebrity found dead in Istanbul".
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Journalist convicted in death of TV host". Retrieved 2018-05-16.

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