HIH Bayezid Osman, Head of the Ottoman Family Passed Away in New York

Bayezid Osman (at left) with his brother Cem.
His Imperial Highness Prince Bayezid Osman died on Friday in New York. He was 93. Mr. Osman was a descendant of Osman I, the Anatolian ruler who in 1299 established the kingdom that eventually controlled parts of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was born in Paris in 1924 and then moved to United States in 1944 with his mother, Princess Sadiye Hadice and his brother Prince Cem. The Late Prince's funeral service will be held at 12.00pm on January 9th, 2017 at Amerikan Turkish Eyup Sultan Center in Brooklyn. He will be buried at muslim section of Washington Memorial Park Cemetery in Mt. Sinai, NY

The Head of the Dynasty Prince Osman Bayazıd, who was born in 1924 as the great-grandson of the Sultan Abdülmecid. His mother, Princess Şadiye Hadice was six months pregnant with him when she went into exile. He was the first Ottoman prince to be born in exile on June 23rd, 1924, in France. His elder brother by four years was Prince Burhaneddin Cem (1920-2008), and his other siblings from his father’s other wives were Arife Kadriye (1895-1933), Fatma Zehra (1895-1965), Rabia Nilüfer (1912-1997), Ayşe Masume Fethiye (1916-1944), and Fevziye (1928-2014). Prince Osman nevet got married and he had no children.

Prince Osman Bayazıd’s father, Prince İbrahim Tevfik, was the only son of Mehmed Burhaneddin, who was one of the sons of Sultan Abdülmecid I and died at the age of 27. Prince İbrahim Tevfik was raised by his uncle Sultan Abdülhamid II. After the exile of the Dynasty, he settled in France with his wife and children. He died in France on 31 December 1931.

Having attended high school in France, Prince Osman Bayazıd also received an education at the Sorbonne University in Paris in the following years. Before coming to the USA with his brother Cem, he went to England to improve his English.
Negla Chawky, Bayezid Osman, and Cengiz Nazim together in New York, April 2015. Photo Ahmet Ze.

Having spent 45 years of his life doing translations in New York libraries, Prince Bayazıd retired in 1997. Because there was nobody in the translation department, he was called again after his retirement. The library was demolished on 30 August 2008, and a 35-story building was built in its place.

After his older brother Burhaneddin Cem joined the US Army, the Prince also followed along to join for two years. His tour of duty took him to Germany, Belgium, and England. Prince Bayazid received US citizenship after joining the army.
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