Kid Rock joined Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and hundreds of other mourners today (Dec. 18) at the funeral of Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records.

Kid Rock joined Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and hundreds of other mourners today (Dec. 18) at the funeral of Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records.

Ertegun, who counted Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones among the stars signed to his label, died on Thursday at age 83, after falling and suffering a head injury at a Rolling Stones concert in New York. He later slipped into a coma.

The Turkish-born Ertegun was buried at an ancestral family site near a Muslim religious lodge on the Asian side of the city following a religious service.

Gul praised Ertegun as a man who had done much to promote Turkey's image. "Nobody has, or ever will, do what he did for Turkey in the United States," he said. "He has left a large void."

"The one thing he loved more than music was Turkey," the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted Lyor Cohen, chief executive of Warner Music Group, as saying.

Kid Rock said, "I have met many people, been to many places and seen many things, but he was definitely the best," according to Anatolia. "He could not sing but he was music personified."

A memorial for Ertegun will be held in New York early next year.


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