Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi Commits Suicide: 5 Facts About the Shah of Iran's Son
His brother, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, said family and friends are experiencing "immense grief" over Ali Reza's death.
"Although he struggled for years to overcome his sorrow, he finally succumbed ... [and] took his own life, plunging his family and friends into great sorrow," Reza Pahlavi said in a statement.
Surge Desk offers five facts about the late Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi.
1. He struggled with Iran's political troubles
According to his brother's statement, "Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland."
2. He was well-educated
Pahlavi completed his undergraduate education at Princeton, where he studied music and ethnomusicology and earned a master's in ancient Iranian studies from Columbia University. He was also working on a Ph.D. from Harvard in ancient Iranian studies and philology.
3. He grieved over other family tragedies
Over the years Pahlavi's family has dealt with the loss of the shah, who died in Egyptian exile in 1980, and his daughter Leila, who also committed suicide in 2001.
4. He was unmarried
However, at one point he was engaged to Sarah Tabatabai.
5. He was considered a catch
Pahlavi was once voted one of the world's most eligible princes.
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