Ali-Reza Pahlavi

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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
House Pahlavi
Father Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Mother Farah Diba
Styles of
Prince Ali-Reza of Iran
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Reference style His 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.

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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]

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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, 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]

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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 ]


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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