Son of Iran's former shah committed suicide, family says
Former shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi and his wife, Farah, are shown after leaving Iran in 1979. His son Alireza Pahlavi committed suicide, his family said Tuesday.
January 4th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

Son of Iran's former shah committed suicide, family says

Alireza Pahlavi committed suicide at his home in Boston, Massachusetts, a spokesman for the family of the former shah of Iran said Tuesday.

Pahlavi, 44, was a son of the former shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, who was overthrown in 1979 and died the following year in exile in Cairo, Egypt.

"It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi," the family website said.

- CNN's Azadeh Ansari contributed to this story.

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  1. angel

    It doesn't matter who's in charge, it will always be a terrorist nation.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Suicide is a deeply personal act, and no one will ever really know what kind of emotional pain led this poor man to do what he did. I am sorry this happened, and I'm sorry for his family.

    May he finally be at peace.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUFFNUTT

    he was distraunt by being out bid on that car.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    But angel does have a point. It does seem that at least most Muslims are taught violent ways from childhood.

    January 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Imprtnrd

    So VERY TRUE.....what Hoping for Change said!

    January 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Hey banaasy, maybe you can help me understand why this suicide evokes more emotion than the murder of the Pentagon's Dr. Jack Wheeler did yesterday. Suicide is, after all, self murder and the real victim's are those who lost a loved one to suicide. I am fully aware of what can drive one to kill himself, but in my opinion it is a most selfish act and does not rate with the murder of a lifelong public servant, even if said servant wasn't liked by a lot of Americans.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    odelay esses.. you need to chill bros..

    if angel is of mexican decent i bet you he's a nice guy and has a sweet monte carlo low rider with chain steering wheel and 14×7 daytons.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Your comment just shows that you know nothing about real Mexicans. You're being as racist as he is being.

      January 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Oops, I spelled your your name incorrectly banasy. Sorry about that.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • robin Wills

      i'm sure u really want someone to check ure junk just to make us feel secure

      dream on

      January 5, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. angel

    Um... none of that was me. Is there a way to write to CNN so I can report that?

    January 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyler

    I thought this was CNN, not Faux News? All you people need serious help.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Purdy

    I've never read such a load of racist, bigoted, ignorant drivel.

    I assume the idiots that write such nonsense are on the whole uneducated – your basic literacy skills are wasted on you!

    Crawl back to the stones you came from!

    January 4, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. duke

    You people are blinded by government propaganda!!
    Do any of you morons even know who the Shah was??or even what he did to the citizens of iran,with the blessings of america??
    Americans are the worst,you all even supported Saddam and bin laden for quite some time!!

    January 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. angel

    How dare you call our founding fathers terrorists. you people are the reason terrorism continues. you have no respect for the most important people in world history.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • C

      Important certainly, but not the most important people in world history, unless like 90% of Americans you believe America is the world...you probably don't even know where Iran is on a world map....hint: it's not next to Kentucky. I even doubt you know where the US is....

      January 6, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    People here in the USA have a difficult time understanding world events. Why? Because our major media outlet's constantly distract us from focusing on the most significant news. example: Virtually every single one of US fully aware of intimate details of the O.J. Simpson case, but have never even heard of the Teledyne Corp. case proceedings that were going on at the same time. (cont)

    January 4, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. duke

    Angel!!
    The"founding fathers" were very much terrorist!!
    They maimed and murdered to spread their ideological belief in christianity,enslaved a race while at the same time wiping out whole generations of another race!
    If that's not terrorism then neither was 9/11.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
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