The youngest son and former Crown Prince of Iran, 44-year old Alireza Pahlavi, of the overthrown Shah of Iran Mohammed Reza Pahlavi who was overthrown in 1979 and forced into exile in Cairo, Egypt due to the Islamic Revolution and his pro-western views, nearly a decade after his sister Leila Pahlavi took her life, Alireza Pahlavi gave in to his suicidal ambition and closed the chapter to his life at his Boston residence reports CNN. Police investigators are currently determining the cause of death, but it appears that the former Crown Prince shot himself.
Alireza Pahlavi was a very well educated man. He graduated from Princeton in 1984, after having moved to the United States as a teen with his family, and obtained a Masters Degree from Columbia University in 1992. Prior to his demise he was attempting a post-graduate degree at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts in philology and ancient Iranian studies.
Reza Pahlavi, Alireza’s older brother, made the following statement following his brother’s death:
“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 had 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.”