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Shah of Iran's twin sister, Princess Ashraf, dies at 96

Published 08/01/2016

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi of Iran talks with UN secretary-general Kurt Waldheim during the International Women's Year Conference in Mexico City in 1975 (AP)
Princess Ashraf Pahlavi of Iran talks with UN secretary-general Kurt Waldheim during the International Women's Year Conference in Mexico City in 1975 (AP)

Princess Ashraf Pahlavi of Iran, the outspoken and glamorous twin sister of the country's deposed shah, has died aged 96.

Reza Pahlavi, a son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, announced Princess Ashraf's death on Facebook on Thursday night, without giving a cause.

A long-time adviser to Princess Ashraf in New York could not be immediately reached for comment.

After her brother was overthrown in Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979, Princess Ashraf shuttled between homes in Paris, New York and Monte Carlo.

The French press dubbed her La Panthere Noire, or the Black Panther.

She published a memoir and remained outspoken immediately after the overthrow, but gradually faded from public view in later years.

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