Transgender Reality Star Domonique Newburn Brutally Murdered

domDomonique Newburn, the transgender woman featured in the 2011 LGBT-themed web series Hollywood Houseboys, was found dead in her apartment in Fontana, Calif., reports TMZ.

Newburn, 31, had apparently been the victim of a brutal beating Tuesday. Police said witnesses reported seeing a man leaving Newburn’s apartment and leaving in a black Mercedes sedan, which may have belonged to Newburn. The car was later found abandoned Wednesday at a park in San Bernardino.

Houseboys creator Ryan Hope issued a statement about Newburn, who appeared on the docu-reality series as “Domonique Duffy,” saying:

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of our sister, Domonique Newburn. Domonique was an amazing person whose spirit transcended gender. When we set out to document our lives for reality television, we never once wished to make headlines like this. Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences are with her family.”

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  • Scribe38

    RIP baby, I hope you get justice

  • AndrewIB

    Sad sad news..I just hope they make an effort to bring her killer to justice..which if memory serves me right in California is pretty harsh..RIP.Sweetheart

  • GeriHew

    Jeez. There’s some really fucked-up comments on the TMZ report.

    RIP Domonique Newburn.

  • vklortho

    @GeriHew: It’s one thing I have learned as a trans woman. Never read the comments section. They will ruin your day. However the TMZ comments section is definitely one of the worst I’ve seen. :(

  • Scribe38

    @vklortho: any gay/transgender issue brings out the nuts on TMZ.

  • tdx3fan

    TMZ is this generations’ Jerry Springer. Seriously, it is followed mostly by small minded men with no real skills or the ability to make anything of themselves.

  • mpwaite

    I’m so sorry to hear about Dominique. RIP, however, REALLY???!! with this reality show???!! Is this really what we want in the form of representation of the gay community??? OMG… I was embarrassed for them all…

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