Popular Irish businessman dies while undergoing dental treatment in Turkey

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A popular Irish businessman died on Tuesday while receiving dental treatment in Turkey.

Tony Rogers, 66, traveled to Istanbul, the Turkish capital, on Monday for an emergency dental procedure. Tragically, the next day he died after being anesthetized in the dentist’s chair.

Mr. Rogers was one of Louth’s most popular businessmen, he owned the Drogheda Tony’s Cabs taxi company.

Tony Rogers, 66, traveled to Istanbul, the Turkish capital, on Monday for an emergency dental procedure. Tony Rogers. Photo: RIP.ie

An autopsy will take place and Turkish authorities are likely to hold a full inquest into the death of Mr Rogers who traveled for the implant.

Mr. Rogers is survived by his son and two daughters. Friends took to social media to pay tribute to the Irish businessman.

One person posted: “It’s a big shock and all of a sudden. We’re trying to find out exactly what happened to him. He obviously had a reaction to the anesthetic he was given.

Mr. Rodgers owned one of the largest taxi companies in Drogheda. Photo: Shutterstock

“It’s so sad, he was a lovely, hard-working man who built his business from scratch. Everyone in Drogheda knew Tony.

While one person said: ‘Currently in shock. A very good friend, Tony Rogers, went on vacation to Turkey yesterday. Was there a day – and suddenly passed away. He ran one of the largest taxi companies in Drogheda. A very, very much loved good man.

‘I am amazed. He’s a man I talk to at least four to five times a week. I only spoke to him the day before he left. Now he is gone. It really is a terrible week. To his son and everyone who knew Tony, my deepest condolences. I am completely overwhelmed.

Another wrote: ‘Rest in peace to legend Tony Rogers, not a bad bone in his body!! My heart goes out to the family. Gone, but never forgotten.’

Istanbul is a popular destination for Irish citizens seeking dental treatment. Photo: Shutterstock

Turkey is the most popular destination for Irish citizens to travel for dental treatment due to low costs compared to Ireland. Last week the Irish Dental Association issued a warning to those traveling to study the work they will receive overseas.

“The Irish Dental Association is concerned about the quality of dental care in other countries and is urging people to seek home care first.

“We need to encourage people who are likely to travel internationally to focus on the quality of work they receive and the real need for that work, not just the price of that work,” they said.

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