Leila Pahlavi

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Princess Leila
Princess of Iran
Leila Pahlavi Portrait.jpg
Full name
English: Leila
Persian: لیلا
House Pahlavi
Father Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Mother Farah Pahlavi
Born (1970-03-27)27 March 1970
Tehran, Iran
Died 10 June 2001(2001-06-10) (aged 31)
London, England
Burial Passy Cemetery, Paris, France

Princess Leila Pahlavi (Persian: لیلا پهلوی‎, 27 March 1970 – 10 June 2001, born in Tehran, Iran) was the youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, and his third wife, Farah Pahlavi.

Early life

Leila was born on 27 March 1970 in Tehran. She was the fourth child of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the Empress Farah Pahlavi.

Styles of
Princess Leila of Iran
Imperial Coat of Arms of Iran.svg
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am

In exile

She was nine years old when her family was forced into exile as a result of the Iranian Revolution. Following her father's death in Egypt from non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1980, the family settled in the United States. She graduated from Rye Country Day School in 1988 and went on to attend a state school in Massachusetts before going on to study at Brown University, graduating in 1992.

Pahlavi never married and spent most of her time commuting between her home in Greenwich, Connecticut, and Paris where her mother lives. A onetime model for the designer Valentino, she suffered from anorexia nervosa, chronic low self-esteem, severe depression[1] and chronic fatigue syndrome.[2] She spent much of her time being treated in clinics in the United States and Britain. The princess is reported to have spent much of her last year staying at the Leonard Hotel in London paying £450 a night for her favourite suite. The hotel's manager, Angela Stoppani, is quoted in The Daily Telegraph as saying the princess went to the hotel to "chill out".

Death

Grave of Leila Pahlavi in Passy Cemetery, Paris, France

On Sunday 10 June 2001, Leila was found dead in her room in the Leonard Hotel just before 1930 BST by her doctor.[3] She was found to have more than five times the lethal dose of Seconal, a barbiturate, which is used to treat insomnia, in her system, along with a nonlethal amount of cocaine. She was found in bed, her body emaciated by years of anorexia, bulimia[4] and food intolerances.[5] According to a report on her death, which included information from an autopsy conducted by the Westminster Coroner's Court, she stole the Seconal from her doctor's desk during an appointment and was addicted to the drug, typically taking 40 pills at once, rather than the prescribed two.[4]

On 17 June 2001, she was buried near her maternal grandmother, Farideh Ghotbi Diba, in the Cimetière de Passy, Paris, France. At the funeral was her mother, the former queen Farah, as well as members of the former French royal family and Frederic Mitterrand, the nephew of the late French President François Mitterrand.[6]

On 4 January 2011, her brother Ali-Reza Pahlavi was found dead at his home in Boston, Massachusetts from an apparent suicide.[7]

The immediate Iranian royal family now consists of the empress, Farah Pahlavi; a son, Reza; a daughter, Farahnaz; and the princess's half sister, Shahnaz.

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Sabety, Setareh (2001-06-19). "Diana not: Serious soul-searching about our collective identity crisis". Iranian.com. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  2. ^ Obituaries, Leila Pahlavi, Deposed Shah's Daughter, June 12, 2001. LA Times; http://articles.latimes.com/2001/jun/12/local/me-9491
  3. ^ "Shah's daughter found dead". BBC News. 2001-06-12. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  4. ^ a b Tweedie, Neil (2001-07-26). "Shah's daughter stole to fuel her drug habit". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  5. ^ Hewitt, Bill (2001-07-16). "Burden of Grief". people.com. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  6. ^ "Shah's daughter laid to rest". BBC News. 2001-06-17. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Shah son a suicide in Boston". CNN. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 

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