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.