An actor in Iraq has reportedly been kidnapped and murdered for 'looking gay.'
Karar Noshi, who studied at Baghdad University's College of Fine Arts, had been dubbed the "Beauty King" of his country with his distinctive long, blonde hair.
However it is now reported that he has been murdered, his body dumped on the street in central Baghdad. Kurdistan 24 claims he was kidnapped before being stabbed and tortured by his abductors.
His family have confirmed his death, while prominent US-based activist Faisal Al Mutar has commented on the news on Facebook, blaming Shia extremists for the atrocity and claiming they accused him of being gay.
Noshi faced concerted criticism from homophobes and hardliners over his appearance, and regularly spoke out against the comments, according to Gay Star News.
He told fans that the country's true "beauty king," was in fact "every young man fighting with all his honor to defend the nation," adding that his pictures are "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."