Ali-Reza Pahlavi

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Prince Ali-Reza
Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi.jpg
Born(1966-04-28)28 April 1966
Tehran, Iran
Died4 January 2011(2011-01-04) (aged 44)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
IssueIryana Leila Pahlavi (born posthumously)
Full name
English: Ali-Reza
Persian: علی رضا
FatherMohammad Reza Pahlavi
MotherFarah Diba
Styles of
Prince Ali-Reza of Iran
Imperial Coat of Arms of Iran.svg
Reference styleHis Imperial Highness
Spoken styleYour Imperial Highness
Alternative styleSir

Prince Alireza Pahlavi (Persian: علیرضا پهلوی‎; 28 April 1966 – 4 January 2011) was a member of the Pahlavi Imperial Family of Iran (Persia).[1] He was the younger son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the former Shah of Iran[2] and his third wife Farah Diba.[3] He was second in order of succession to the Iranian throne before the Iranian Revolution.


Prince Ali-Reza in 1976

Prince Alireza Pahlavi was born on 28 April 1966.[4][5] He attended the Niavaran Palace primary school in Iran[6] but left Iran alongside his family shortly before the Iranian revolution. He moved to the U.S. where he attended Saint David's School in New York City and Mt Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, Massachusetts.[7] Pahlavi received a BA degree from Princeton University, a MA degree from Columbia University,[8] and was studying at Harvard University as a PhD student in ancient Iranian studies and philology at the time of his death.[5][9]

He was engaged in 2001 to Sarah Tabatabai, but it seems that the relationship ended some time afterwards.[10] He was once voted as one of the "world's most eligible princes."[11]


After a long period of depression, on 4 January 2011 Pahlavi died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.[12]

Mahnaz Afkhami, the former Iranian Minister of Women's Affairs of the Shah's government, told the BBC World Service that Pahlavi and his family being forced into exile in 1979 was very "traumatic" for him and that he had experienced a "loss of identity" in exile.[13] Alireza's sister, Leila Pahlavi also had committed suicide—in June 2001. Close family friends say that Alireza became very depressed after the death of his sister to whom he was very close.[14] He was survived by his mother, Farah Pahlavi, his older brother Reza, his sister Farahnaz, half-sister Shahnaz[15] and daughter Iryana Leila Pahlavi, who was born after his death.[16]

His brother Reza Pahlavi said that his wish was to be cremated and for his ashes to be scattered in the Caspian Sea.[17]

On 23 January 2011, an official memorial was held in The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland.[18] The memorial was attended by the former Iranian royal family and thousands of Iranians.[19]

On 26 July 2011, a daughter, Iryana Leila, was born to Alireza's girlfriend Raha Didevar. His mother Farah Pahlavi confirmed that Iryana Leila is a full member of the Pahlavi house.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Royal Ark
  2. ^ Yearbook of the Encyclopedia Americana - Page 37
  3. ^ The Middle East and North Africa By Europa Publications Limited p338
  4. ^ The Statesman's year-book, Volume 110 - Page 1046
  5. ^ a b Scott, Marcia (2011-01-04). "AFP: Son of Iran shah commits suicide in US: family". Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  6. ^ "Ali-Reza Pahlavi". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-25.
  7. ^ "Ali-Reza Pahlavi". Farah Pahlavi. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  8. ^ ضایعه در گذشت شاهزاده گرامی میهنمان علی رضا پهلوی,
  9. ^ AP (2011-01-05). "News / International : Son of former Iranian shah found dead in Boston". Chennai, India: The Hindu. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  10. ^ "Ein Herz und keine Krone". Welt Online. November 16, 2001.
  11. ^ Steven Hoffer Contributor (2011-01-04). "Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi Commits Suicide: 5 Facts About the Shah of Iran's Son". Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  12. ^ "Alireza Pahlavi Suicide: Iran Shah's Son Killed Himself In Boston, Says Brother". HuffPost. 4 January 2011. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ "Shah of Iran's younger son kills himself in US". BBC News. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Former shah of Iran's youngest son dead in apparent suicide". The Washington Post. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Son of former shah of Iran commits suicide". CNN. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  16. ^ "Announcement of Birth". Reza Pahlavi website. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Dead son of Iran's last Shah to be cremated". 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-02-08.
  18. ^ "Memorial Ceremony For Prince Alireza Pahlavi". Reza Pahlavi website. Archived from the original on 16 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  19. ^ "Thousands attend memorial services for Alireza Pahlavi in Maryland". Payvand. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011.

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Ali-Reza Pahlavi
Born: 28 April 1966 Died: 4 January 2011
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Reza Pahlavi
Prince of Iran
27 July 1980 – 4 January 2011
Reason for succession failure:
Monarchy abolished in 1979
Succeeded by
Patrick Ali Pahlavi