High-profile Iranian writer Fereydoun Badraei on Monday rejected reports of his death.
Multiple sources in Iran reported on Sunday that the 85-year-old writer, translator and linguist had died in the United States on July 17, ISNA reported.
The news of his death was even followed by condolence messages from various cultural and literary figures in the country.
Speaking to ISNA, Badraei said, “I’m alive while the news of my death has been spread in the Iranian media.”
Her daughter also rejected the news, adding, “I’m with my father in the US and he is OK. I read the news in the Iranian websites so I called the Asatir Publications in Iran to tell them they are incorrect.”
Badraei was a part-time professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Tehran (1971-1978).
He was also Iran’s cultural attaché in Pakistan from 1977-1979.
His first work, which was a collection of nine stories, was published under an unknown name in 1954.
‘Zali and the Ismailis: A Debate on Reason and Authority in Medieval Islam,’ ‘Writings of Farooq Mitha,’ ‘Tradition and Culture,’ ‘Zabihollah Safa, and the History of Civilization,’ ‘Religious Reformation,’ ‘William James Durant,’ and ‘Ariel Durant’ are among his famous works.