October 14, 2010
It was with deep regret that we were informed of the death of “Marzieh” diva of Persian music on October 13 after a long battle with cancer.
Mrs Ashraf Alsadat Mortezayee, Marzieh, the most prominent and popular Iranian vocalist and widely Known as the first lady of Persian music, was a legend in her lifetime.
Marzieh touched the hearts of millions of Iranian people by her lovely performances and songs that will be whispered forever.
After the mullahs took over in Iran, she became silent and did not perform publicly in Iran. In 1990s, she left Iran and joined the political coalition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and became an arts advisor to the Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi.
She held some memorable concerts including in the Royal Albert Hall and Earls Court in London and in Los Angeles, etc.
Marzieh was a strong supporter of Ashraf residents, home to 3400 Iranian dissidents in Iraq and stayed in Iraq for some years.
On behalf of the Friends of a Free Iran intergroup in the European Parliament, we would like to express our deep condolences to her family, to Mrs Maryam Rajavi , to Ashraf residents and to the Iranian people.
Her funeral will be held on Monday 18th of October in Paris.
Struan Stevenson MEP
Chairman, Friends of a Free Iran