Libyan State TV anchorwoman, Halah al-Misrati, was found dead in her jail cell in the Libyan capital on Friday, according to Al Arabiya’s correspondent in Tripoli.
The National Transitional Council has not yet commented on the news.
However, media sources loyal to former leader Muammar Qaddafi have confirmed her death in her cell.
Misrati is remembered as a staunch loyalist to Qaddafi and for her verbal assault on anti-Qaddafi fighters during the uprising last year.
She will also be remembered for her strange antics on TV, including brandishing a handgun in the air as she warned rebels of trying to oust Qaddafi.
Misrati is also most famous for the “fatwa” she issued on air concerning the United Nations Security Council condemnation of Qaddafi’s violent suppression of the protests.
Footage of her arrest by revolutionaries in Tripoli became highly popular across the internet on August 24 last year. A group of Libyan youth even created a page on the social networking website Facebook calling for the trial of Mesrati for high treason and slander as well as issuing false religious edicts and using her job to attack the revolutionaries in the media.
Her last video appearance on Dec 30, 2011 also sparked a furious debate of whether her tongue was cut off or she was on strike.