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Alireza Pahlavi, Son of Former Shah of Iran, Commits Suicide

Alireza Pahlavi, 44, the youngest son of the former Shah of Iran, died Tuesday morning at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, due to suicide, according to family's  spokesman Ahmad Oveyssi.

Late Alireza Pahlavi

Born in Tehran on April 28th 1966, Ali Reza attended schools in Iran before traveling to the United States during the Iranian revolution in 1979. He obtained a BA from Princeton University in 1984, a Masters Degree from Columbia University in 1992 and attended Harvard University in pursuit of a PhD. in Ancient Iranian Studies.

Leila Pahlavi, Shah's youngest daughter, also committed suicide in June 2001 in Paris.

Alireza Pahlavi is survived by his mother, Farah Pahlavi, his brother Reza, his sister Farahnaz and his half-sister Shahnaz.

Announcement by the Pahlavi family

It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi

Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland, as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life.

Although he struggled for years to overcome his sorrow, he finally succumbed, and during the night of the 4th of January 2011, in his Boston residence, took his own life, plunging his family and friends into great sorrow.

Once again, we are joined with mothers, father and relatives of so many victims of these dark times for our country.

Reza Pahlavi, Farah Pahlavi, Farahnaz Pahlavi, Yasmine Pahlavi, Noor Pahlavi, Iman Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi

... Payvand News - 01/04/11 ... --

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