Alireza Pahlavi, the youngest son of former Iranian dictator Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, has committed suicide at his home in the United States.His older brother, Reza Pahlavi, confirmed the death in a statement on his personal website on Tuesday, saying his sibling had been suffering from chronic depression.
The statement said that although his 44-year-old brother had struggled for years to overcome his suffering, “he finally succumbed, and during the night of the 4th of January 2011, in his Boston residence, took his own life.”
Police say he died from a single gunshot which was apparently self-inflicted.
His father, who had been supported by the United States, was ousted by the Islamic Revolution in 1979, and members of the family have been living in exile in the US for decades.
Alireza is the second member of the Pahlavi family to commit suicide.
The youngest daughter of the family, Leila Pahlavi, died in 2001 at the age of 31 after taking a large amount of cocaine and barbiturates. Her body was found in a London hotel.