Barış Akarsu (June 29, 1979 – July 4, 2007) was a Turkish rock musician and actor who rose to fame after winning the television series "Akademi Türkiye" (Academy Turkey) in July 2004. He released two studio albums in three years and was also acting in television series "Yalancı Yarim" (My Lying Lover) which aired on Star TV.
On 29 June 2007, he was seriously injured in a car accident on his way back from a charity concert for children. After spending five days in an intensive care unit, he died of complications from the accident on 4 July 2007, at the age of 28.
Akarsu was born and raised in Amasra, in northern Turkey. He was a huge fan of rock music, listening to music from Ruhi Su, Cem Karaca and Barış Manço as well as Western acts like Led Zeppelin or U2.
His friends and Akarsu gathered at the seaside of Amasra to chat and sing songs while playing guitar. There, Akarsu formed his early ties with singing and playing instruments. Music always played a crucial part in his life. His other big ambition was tae kwon do, basketball and sailing (in high-school he was sailing professionally in Amasra Sailing Club).
Before rising to fame with his musical and screen projects, Akarsu worked as an entertainer in beach resorts in Antalya. Later he moved to Karadeniz Ereğli, where he started singing regularly at bars, the local television and radio shows before joining the TV show "Academy Turkey". Shortly after winning the show, he moved to Istanbul to pursue a career in music.
Barış Akarsu released his first album "Islak Islak" followed by his second "Dusmeden Bulutlarda Kosmam Gerek" released in August 2006. He appeared on music videos for his songs "Islak Islak", "Kimdir O", "Mavi" and "Amasra" from his first and "Vurdum En Dibe Kadar" and "Yaz Demedim" from his second album. He composed and wrote the lyrics for "Ben" and "Yeter Be" from his second album. At the time of his death, he was working on his unreleased third album.
Akarsu's first and only appearance as an actor is in the popular comedy series "Yalancı Yarim". It was designed as a funny summer program but after its success and requests from fans, producers continued the shootings of new episodes. In the show, Akarsu portrays a wealthy young man, Tarık Tekelioğlu, who goes to Italy for his education but rather becomes the most successful rally driver. His father, the owner of a bank, finds out the truth about his son and Tarık is forced to come back and stay in Turkey in order to work and pay off his education debts to his father.
Thus, with a false surname, Tarık applies for a job as driver for Naz, whose father needs a loan for his business which he receives from the bank of Tarık's father - with the help of Tarık who provides Naz's father with inside knowledge of his father's preferences and dislikes also resulting in both men becoming friends. In the process, Tarık gets the job as driver and he and Naz fall in love with each other, however, neither wants to be the first to admit such to the other.
Also, Akarsu acted in F5 Malt Drink commercial in 2005.
On June 29, 2007, Akarsu and two friends were on their way to a celebration party for his birthday in Bodrum. Their car collided with a truck at an intersection with no traffic lights. The driver of the car, Zeynep Koçak,and passenger Nalan Kahraman died on the day of the accident. Barış Akarsu was transported to a hospital with severe injuries. On July 4, 2007, Akarsu died due to complications arising from the accident.
The location of the accident is a crossroads at the end of a long and straight downhill grade. As a result of protests decrying the lack of traffic lights at that dangerous intersection, new lights have been installed.
Official Website: http://www.barisakarsufans.tr.gg/
MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/akarsubaris