Alameddine crime boss, 33, dies in Turkish gym just weeks after he fled Australia when a price was put on his head
- Sydney crime figure Murat Galasi has died in Turkey after fleeing Australia
- Rapper Ay Huncho posted an Instagram tribute to the 33-year-old on Saturday
- Galasi was a ‘high ranking’ member of the Alameddine clan, according to police
A high ranking member of the Alameddine crime network has died in a gym shortly after fleeing Australia for Turkey.
But Murat Galasi, 33, wasn’t killed in an ambush outside, like so many gangsters who’ve met their demise before or after pumping iron.
Instead, he is believed to have died of heart attack while going a little too hard during a workout in Istanbul on Friday.
Alameddine member Murat Galasi (right) died in a gym in Turkey on the weekend with rapper Ay Huncho (left) posting a tribute on Saturday
Galasi (pictured) was a ‘smart operator’ who fled to Turkey amid Sydney’s gang war
Galasi previously escaped an attempt on his life when he was shot in the leg in December 2021 in one of the most disgraceful attacks of Sydney’s gang war.
He was with four men outside a gym in Prospect when they were fired upon, with bullets from the brazen drive-by shooting piercing the wall of a daycare centre and missing a toddler by inches.
On Saturday, Alameddine associate Ali Younes, better known by his rapper persona Ay Huncho, took to Instagram to share a tribute to Galasi.
‘My beautiful big brother, my heart hurts, I’m lost, I love you so much… this life isn’t going to be the same without you,’ he wrote.
Galasi fled the country just two weeks earlier after reports spread through Sydney’s underworld a ‘big money’ contract was placed on him.
‘He headed off recently, on the usual path over to Turkey and Lebanon,’ a source told the Daily Telegraph.
‘He’s a very smart operator, particularly when compared to some of his friends, so you’d assume he’s read the room and gotten out of Sydney, and I don’t think you can blame him.’
Four men duck for cover after being peppered with bullets on their way to entering World Gym on November 29
Footage shows bystanders working to stem the bleeding after the man, aged in his 30s, suffered injuries to his leg
Galasi was among several figures who were the subject of serious crime prevention orders by NSW Police in 2021 in an effort to reign in feuding gangs.
He was listed in the orders as a senior member of the Alameddine crime network.
His death echoes that of former Lone Wolf bikie boss Erkin Keskin who fled Sydney for Turkey and died shortly after in March this year.
The ex-Turkish soldier was among Australian law enforcement’s top targets and considered one of the biggest importers of drugs into Australia.