Extra: Ali Reza Pahlavi, Shah's Younger Son, Takes His Own Life
04 Jan 2011 23:35
Ali Reza Pahlavi, the second son and third child of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Shahbanu Farah (Diba) Pahlavi, committed suicide early Tuesday morning. Pahlavi, age 44, was a resident of Boston's South End neighborhood. According to a Boston Police Department spokeswoman, police officers responded to a call at 2:11 a.m. in the 100 block of West Newton Street, where his three-level row house is located. Pahlavi was found dead of an apparent "self-inflicted gunshot wound."
Pahlavi, born in Tehran, left Iran with his family in 1979 when the Shah was deposed. They were residing in Cairo when his father died in July 1980. In 1982, the 16-year-old Pahlavi moved with his mother and two sisters from Egypt to the United States. He received a B.A. in music from Princeton University in 1988 and, in 1992, an M.A. in Middle Eastern languages and cultures from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. According to an online registry of Harvard University alumni, he was scheduled to receive a Ph.D. in 2008 from Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he studied at the Department of Near Eastern Language and Civilizations (the online registry was not updated to reflect that he never finished his doctoral work there).
Pahlavi was never married. He is survived by his mother; his brother, Reza; his sister, Farahnaz; and his half-sister, Shahnaz, from his father's first marriage. His younger sister, Leila, died of an apparently self-induced barbiturate overdose in 2001. -- Eds.
With Immense Grief That We Would Like to Inform Our Compatriots of the Passing Away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi
RezaPahlavi.org | Jan 4
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.
[Signed:] Reza Pahlavi, Farah Pahlavi, Farahnaz Pahlavi, Yasmine Pahlavi, Noor Pahlavi, Iman Pahlavi and Farah Pahlavi