A message posted on his website said, "His Royal Highness Prince Ali Reza Pahlavi of Iran, son of the late Shah of Iran and Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, passed away in the early hours of January 4th, in Boston. He is survived by his mother, Her Majesty Farah Pahlavi, his older brother Reza, his sister Farahnaz, and his half-sister Shahnaz."
The Prince's elder brother and former crown prince Reza Pahlavi wrote, "Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland, as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life."
Boston police informed that "preliminary investigation suggests that the bullet wound was self-inflicted."
The Prince who was born in Tehran did his schooling in Iran and went on to get a BA from Princeton University and a Masters Degree from Columbia University. He also attended Harvard University seeking a PhD in Ancient Iranian Studies.
According to a report published by the Boston Globe, Ali Reza who moved to the USA during the Iranian revolution of 1979, is remembered by his neighbours as being a quiet and reserved person. Citing city records, the daily said that the Prince had bought the five-storey building in 2001 and renovated it.
Following the 1979 revolution, Mohammad Reza, the late shah moved with his family to the US and died the next year.
(With inputs from PTI)