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Shahrzad
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posted June 12, 2001 09:09     Click Here to See the Profile for Shahrzad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Leila Pahlavi, the youngest daughter of the deposed shah of Iran, has died in London at the age of 31. Pahlavi died Sunday night, apparently of the rare disease myalgic encephalomyelitis. Her brother, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, in a statement from his Falls Church, Va., office, said: "It brings me enormous pain and deep sorrow to announce the tragic passing away of my beloved sister, Princess Leila Pahlavi, after a lengthy illness." Princess Leila's family fled Iran in 1979 during the Islamic takeover of the country by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Her father, the late Shah Mohammed Reza, died in 1980, and her mother, Farah Pahlavi, lives in Paris. The princess, who had been living modestly in a central London hotel, spent many years in the United States. A few years ago, then living in Greenwich, Conn., she told People magazine that it never bothered her that Americans ignored her royal title. "When you've been through what we have," she said, "formality isn't what counts. . . . I want to see Iran again, but I love America. I can go anywhere and not worry that people will recognize me and say, 'Did you see that? Did you see how she ate her French fries?' "
Pahlavi graduated from Brown University in 1992. Although the family lost many of its riches, she and her mother and three siblings remained wealthy enough that she did not have to work. She had not married. Pahlavi is expected to be buried in Paris' Passy cemetery, where her grandmother, Farideh Diba, was recently buried.

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Late Shah's Daughter Found Dead

LONDON--Leila Pahlavi, daughter of the late Shah of Iran, has been found dead in a London hotel, police said Tuesday. The body of the 31 -year-old woman was discovered by staff at the Leonard Hotel in west London on Sunday evening, they added. Her mother, the former empress Farah Pahlavi, issued a statement in Paris on Monday evening saying the princess died in her sleep and that she had been "very depressed." A post-mortem examination failed to reveal the cause of death, but there were no suspicious circumstances, a spokeswoman for Scotland Yard police headquarters said. "It is classed as an unexplained death," said the spokeswoman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. Leila was the youngest of the five children of Shah Mohamed Reza Pahlavi, and the fourth by his third wife, Farah. "It is with sadness and great grief that I am to inform our countrymen living in Iran or in exile of the passing away of my daughter," the former empress said. "Exiled at the age of 9, she never surmounted the death of her father ... to whom she was particularly close," the statement said. "She could not stand living far from Iran and shared wholeheartedly the suffering of her countrymen." Her mother said she was particularly pained by the fact that Leila died without having a chance to return to Iran. "Beyond the grief of a mother, this will always be a regret for me that nothing could ever fill," the statement said. "The passing away of my beloved daughter brings me even closer to those Iranian mothers who have lived through the same mourning." A statement released on the internet by her brother Reza Pahlavi, the elder son of the shah, said she had passed away "after a lengthy illness." No details of the nature of the illness were given. The shah ruled Iran from the 1940s until 1979, when his authoritarian government was toppled by Islamic fundamentalists. He died in Egypt in 1980, leaving behind his widow and children - Reza, Farahnaz, Ali Reza and Leila. He also had a daughter Shahnaz, from his brief first marriage to Fawzia, a sister of former Egyptian King Farouk.

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posted June 13, 2001 10:12     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Princess Leyla Pahlavi died of rare disease

PARIS 11 June (IPS) Princess Leyla Pahlavi, 31, the youngest child of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Empress Farah of Iran died Sunday. "It brings me enormous pain and deep sorrow to announce the tragic passing away of my beloved sister Princess Leyla Pahlavi after a lengthy illness", Mr. Reza Pahlavi, the elder son of the Shah, who was overthrown by the Islamic revolution in 1979, said in a communiqué released by his office in nearby Falls Church, Virginia.

Mr. Pahlavi was giving a press conference, commenting on the Iranian presidential elections when he was informed about the tragic death of her young sister.

She was the last of the couple's four children, coming after Reza, the Crown Prince, Princess Farahnaz and Prince Alireza.

Though the laconic statement gave no details about the reason for her death, but i sources close to the family said she was found dead in a hotel in London.

They said that the young Princess was suffering from the rare disease ME (Myalogic Encephalomyelitis) and had attempted to suicide recently, due to "excessive depression".

"She had been living in a simple and unassuming manner for a while in a central London hotel, devoting most of her time to Iranian arts and poetry", one source said, asking for anonymity.

Accompanied by a few friends and relatives, her body was transferred to Wellington Hospital for further examination by the Coroner and would be flown to Paris, where she used to live, Thursday, to be put to rest in the Passy cemetery, where her grand mother Farideh Diba was buried a few months ago.

There was no word so far from Mrs. Farah Diba, but sources said she was in Paris when the news reached her.

[In a statement about the re-election of Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Khatami, Mr. Pahlavi said the brave Iranian people have once again rejected the present theocracy that has "exposed to the world its ugly, dark face".

[He disputed the statistics provided by the regime's propaganda machine "fed to foreign media" and said even if one is to believe these "misleading figures", yet the presidential "farcical selection" showed that more than one third of the Iranians refused to participate in the "parody", adding that the "third force" that is made of the young Iranians have started what he described as "civic disobedience" aimed at "changing the regime by peaceful means".]

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Farah Pahlavi's statement regarding the death of her daughter

June 12, 2001

" It is with sadness and great grief that I am to inform my countrymen living in IRAN or in exile, of the passing away of my daughter Leila Pahlavi in London during her sleep, in the night of 10th June 2001.

For the past few years, Leila was very depressed. Time had not healed her wounds. Exiled at the age of 9, she never surmounted the death of her father, His Majesty Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi to whom she was particularly close.

She was never able to forget the injustice and the dramatic conditions of our departure and the erring which was to follow. She could not stand living far from IRAN and shared wholeheartedly the suffering of her countrymen.

At a time when we have lost a person so dear, in the force of her age, my thoughts go towards our young compatriots who, in IRAN or in exile, also have difficulty in facing up to conditions of life over which they have no mastery.

Above all, Leila loved IRAN. She has left us without seeing her country again. Beyond the grief of a mother, this will always be a regret for me that nothing could ever fill.

The passing away of my beloved daughter brings me even closer to those Iranian mothers who have lived through the same mourning.

Paris, 11th June 2001
Farah Pahlavi "

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posted June 18, 2001 11:28     Click Here to See the Profile for Shahrzad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Body of daughter of ex-shah of Iran arrives in Paris

PARIS, June 15 (AFP) - The body of Princess Leila Pahlavi, youngest daughter of the late shah of Iran, arrived on Thursday in Paris, where she is to be buried in the next couple of days. Leila Pahlavi's mother, Farah Pahlavi, who lives in exile in Paris, and the princess' brother, Prince Reza, who lives in the United States, are both in the French capital for the funeral.

The body of the 31-year-old princess, who lived in the United States, was discovered on Sunday by staff at a hotel in west London.

British police have launched an investigation into her "unexplained" death amid reports that she took a drugs overdose, but say there are no suspicious circumstances.

According to widespread press reports in Britain, the princess had struggled for years against an eating disorder, had never accepted her exile from Iran and suffered periodic bouts of depression.

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