April 28, 1966- Birth of Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi, younger son of the last Shah of Iran.
Prince Ali-Reza Pahlavi was the younger son of the last Shah of Iran and his third wife Farah Diba. He attended the Niavaran Palace primary school in Iran 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. He received a BA degree from Princeton University, a MA degree from Columbia University, and was studying at Harvard University as a PhD student in ancient Iranian studies and philology at the time of his death.
He was engaged in 2001 to Sarah Tabatabai, but it seems that the relationship ended some time afterwards. He was once voted as one of the "world's most eligible princes."
After a long period of depression, on 4 January 2011 Pahlavi died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mahnaz Afkhami, the former Iranian Minister of Women's Affairs, 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. Ali-Reza sister, Princess Leila Pahlavi also had committed suicide—in June 2001. Close family friends say that he became very depressed after the death of his sister to whom he was very close. He is survived by his mother, Farah Pahlavi, his older brother Reza, his sister Farahnaz, half-sister Shahnaz and daughter Iryana Leila Pahlavi, who was born after his death.
On 23 January 2011, an official memorial was held in The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland. The memorial was attended by the Iranian imperial family and thousands of Iranians.
On 26 July 2011 a daughter, Iryana Leila, was born to Ali-Reza’s companion Raha Didevar. Empress Farah Pahlavi confirmed that Iryana Leila is a full member of the Pahlavi house. #iranianroyalty #iranianroyals #royals #royalty #middleeasternroyalty #alirezapahlavi #farahdiba #shahofiran #princealirezapahlavi #empressfarah #empressfarahpahlavi #iryanaleilapahlavi #crownprincerezapahlavi #princessleilapahlavi #princessshahnaz #princessfarahnaz