Halil Guneş, a Kurdish political prisoner who had been incarcerated for almost 29 years, died of cancer on Thursday, the Mezopotamya news portal reported.

According to the report, Guneş’s body was found at a one-person cell in Diyarbakır prison. He had spent his last five days in solitary confinement.

Guneş reportedly suffered from advanced lung cancer and bone cancer.

At least 41 prisoners have died of cancer related complications in prisons across Turkey between July 2016 and January 2021, the Bold news portal reported.

9 others still remain incarcerated over a variety of trumped-up terror charges, including alleged membership in the Gulen group and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Among these are: Ali Kaya – Rize Kalkandere Prison; Ahmet Karakuş – Manisa T Type State Prison; Abdülaziz Örpek and Ali Osman Ünal – Kırşehir Prison; Ahmet Polat – Kandıra Prison; Rıdvan Yıldız – Silivri Prison; Yasin Akaslan — Sincan Prison; E.K. – Antalya L Type State prison.