Muammar Gaddafi Was Wearing A Wig When He Died

A medical examination of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi revealed that he was wearing a wig (a wig!) when rebel forces shot and killed him Thursday.

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The Washington Post reports that doctors at a hospital performed a number of tests to confirm Gaddafi’s identity, including taking samples of his hair for DNA testing. But the hair on Gaddafi’s head didn’t actually belong there, as, again, it was a wig. We gather (and hope) the doctors didn’t need a DNA test to confirm that.

Gadaffi had been hiding from rebel forces in his hometown of Sirte, one of the last places in Libya still loyal to his regime. Pro-democracy fighters, aided by NATO troops and strong national support, had been fighting to bring Gaddafi’s rule to an end for since the so-called Arab Spring protests eight months ago.

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But long before that, Gaddafi had been known for his flamboyant style of dress and his desire to appear youthful and attractive. He was even rumored to have a surgeon flown to Libya to perform a number of cosmetic procedures on him, and one rebel soldier reported taking a gold-plated gun from his body. Still, we find it a little surprising that even in hiding — and in a sewage system, no less — with no public appearances to attend and no government to run singlehandedly, Gaddafi’s vanity prevailed. In the form of a wig.

Read more about Gaddafi’s capture here.

[Washington Post]

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