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Ex-Shah of Iran’s younger son commits suicide

Wednesday January 05, 2011 08:13:45 AM, Agencies

Boston: The younger son of the Shah of Iran, Prince Alireza Pahlavi, has killed himself at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, after a long battle with depression, his brother said on Tuesday.

 

Pahlavi, 44, was the son of former Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown in 1979 and died the following year in exile in Cairo, Egypt.

"It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi," the family website said.

"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", it said.

 

The family learned of the death on Tuesday at 2.30 a.m., said spokesman Ahmad Oveyssi.

In June 2001, Pahlavi's sister, Leila Pahlavi, committed suicide.

According to press reports in Britain, the princess had struggled for years against an eating disorder, had never accepted her exile from Iran and suffered periodic bouts of depression.
 

Alireza Pahlavi was undertaking a postgraduate degree at Harvard University in Cambridge in philology and ancient Iranian studies.

His father was ousted in the 1979 Islamic revolution, and his family moved to live in exile in the United States. The deposed shah died in July 1980 and is buried in Cairo.

 


 

  

 

 

 

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