After death of Iraq’s ‘Barbie’, beautician dies in mysterious circumstances

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A week after the mysterious death of Iraq’s Barbie, beautician Rafeef al-Yaseri inside her home, another beauty expert, Rasha al-Hassan, owner and manager of her Viola beauty center in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, passed away, raising questions about a systematic targeting of beauty centers’ owners.

On Thursday, Iraqi health ministry declared the death of Rasha al-Hassan at her home.


The spokesman of the ministry Seif Badr said that the beautician died at her home, before she was taken by security personnel to a government hospital for forensic, whereas preliminary investigations did not point out the reason of the death yet, according to the spokesman.

The death of Rasha al-Hassan comes exactly a week after Rafeef al-Yaseri- owner of “Barbie” beauty center- death in her home in mysterious circumstances.

In her last post on her Facebook account and on first day of Eid al-Adha, al-Hassan wrote: “In the morning of the feast prepare your wishes, write your prayers, prepare for a great day, and a generous Lord who hears the invocations and opens the doors of heaven.”

Iraqi MP Faiq al-Sheikh Ali commented on the deaths on his tweeter account saying: “After the pilots, doctors, university professors and others, it is beauty centers turn now, from Rafeef to Rasha.”

MP Ali accused those who are enemies of beauty, life haters and killers of creativity.

According to local media, a family member of Rasha said the cause of death was the result of high blood pressure combined with influenza, thought the concerned authorities did not declare yet the cause of the death.

It is worth mentioning that one week following the death of Rafeef al-Yaseri, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said that according to the preliminary investigations, al-Yaseri died due to complications of a medication she was taking, without any further details, leaving the door wide open for speculations.

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