Well-known journalist, founder and editor-in-chief of Sahar newspaper Mazahir Suleymanzadeh has died.

Mahir Suleymanov, the brother of the deceased, told APA.

Mazahir Suleymanzadeh died on May 10 at the age of 70.

Mazahir Suleymanzade was born on December 22, 1952 in Baku.

In 1970, he graduated from secondary school No. 1 in Shamakhi.

The journalist, who headed the Shamakhi Museum of History and Ethnography in the early 1970s, graduated from the Higher School of Military Correspondents of the Transcaucasian Military District in Tbilisi and the journalism faculty of the Lviv Higher Military-Political School.

In 1974-1979 he studied at the journalism faculty of Baku State University.

In different years he worked in the newspapers "Leninskoe znamya", "Krasnaya zvezda", "Idman" - "Sport", in the magazine "Sovetski voin".

He held the positions of chief correspondent, executive secretary and deputy editor of the Communist newspaper.

In 1989, he founded the Sahar newspaper, one of the first independent Azerbaijani newspapers.

Mazahir Suleymanzadeh is also the author of numerous books.

In 1984-1994, he was awarded the "Golden Pen", "Hasan bey Zardabi", "Mirza Jalil", as well as the "Araz" Supreme Award.

In 1989 he was awarded the Honorary Decree of the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR.

Mazahir Suleymanzadeh was awarded the honorary title of "Honored Cultural Worker" in 2005 by the decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Rest in peace!