Following his cancer diagnosis, the actor said in a statement posted to his social media in October 2021, “Dear friends, the process that started with the doctor I went to for back pain ten days ago has reached this point today. I have lung cancer. The tumour has also spread to the liver and adrenal glands. Unfortunately, in the initial stages, this disease did not show any symptoms. First day of chemotherapy. My greatest support is my family. My friends are close by. I will do my best to regain my health.”

Pekcan’s Ertuğrul co-stars, including Engin Altan Düzyatan who plays Ertuğrul Bey and Esra Bilgiç aka Halime Hatun, took to social media to mourn the actor’s passing, posting Instagram stories in the actor’s honour.