According to reports the younger son of the fomer Shah of Iran, Alireza Pahlavi, has killed himself in the US after a long battle with depression, his family says. His brother Reza Pahlavi said the family had been thrown into "great sorrow" by the news. "It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi," a family statement said. His father, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was ousted in Iran's 1979 revolution. Alireza Pahlavi was 44. He was found by police dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Boston Globe reported. "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," the family statement read. Alireza Pahlavi had studied philology and ancient Iranian studies at Harvard University in Massachusetts and had studied at Columbia University in New York. Leila Pahlavi, his younger daughter, died in 2001 in a London hotel room aged 31. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi died in Egyptian in exile in 1980. Radio Irava sends its condolences to Alireza Pahlavi’s friends and family.