Karar Noshi, an actor who worked at a Baghdad theatre, was found dead on a busy Palestine Street in the center of the city earlier this week. Witnesses said that his corpse showed signs of torture and stab wounds.
Noshi claimed that he had often received numerous death threats because of his unusual hairstyle and taste in fashion.
According to PinkNews:
Reports indicate that Noshi was aware of the threats against him, but had no intention of backing down from expressing himself in the way he chose.
He said he embodied “every young man fighting with all his honour to defend the nation.”
His pictures, he said, were “theatrical and cinematic works of art, which I pride myself on.”
“I cherish my personal freedom to build a unique external appearance.”
“I remain silent about the abusive responses that undoubtedly reflect the level of their writers,” he added.
His fans adored his stance and appearance, calling him Iraq’s “beauty king”.
So far, there have been no arrests for his murder.