COMMUNIQUÉ TO MY COMPATRIOTS
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
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
Paris, 11th June 2001