Ali Reza Pahlavi, the second son of the former late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, committed suicide at his home in Boston early on Tuesday morning, according to media reports. The Boston Police Department, said Pahlavi, 44, was found dead of a "self-inflicted gunshot wound." He is survived by his mother Farah Diba, brother Reza, sister Farahnaz and half-sister Shahnaz. His younger sister Leila, 31, died of a drug overdose in 2001. Pahlavi was a mere child on the brink of adolescence at the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. He since devoted much of his life to studying the country. He had a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he studied at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. "It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi, the family said in a statement on the website of Pahlavis elder brother Reza. 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 familys statement said. The statement was signed by Farah Pahlavi, the wife of the former deposed Iranian leader. Pahlavi, who was unmarried, liked sky diving, scuba diving, flying and reading, according to his mothers website.