Morteza Pashaei


Morteza Pashaei
(11 August 1984 – 14 November 2014) was an Iranian musician, composer, and pop singer.

Born and raised in Tehran, Pashaei studied graphic design and was interested in music since his childhood, when he began playing guitar. Less than two decades later, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and hospitalized at Tehran’s Bahman Hospital on 3 November 2014 as his health deteriorated. He died on 14 November 2014, aged 30.

Early life

Morteza Pashaei was born on 11 August 1984 in Aryashahr, Tehran. He was interested in music since his childhood and began playing the guitar at the age of fourteen. In addition to playing the guitar, he also played the piano and wrote many of his own songs. He studied graphic design in Islamic Azad University and graduated in 2008″

Music career

Pashaei began his professional music career in 2009 by publishing his songs on the internet, notably Youtube. As an artist, he was known to be quite innovative. He is best known for his Yeki Hast track (2012). Despite his sudden rise to stardom, Morteza was known to be very down to earth, and always showed love and appreciation towards his many fans. His fans now affectionately call him by the nickname “Emperator,” which literally translates to emperor, because he is the emperor of pop music in Iran.


In late September 2013, it was announced that Pashaei was diagnosed with stomach cancer. His relatives denied the news but his official website announced that his planned concerts had been cancelled due to Morteza’s illness. He appeared with a hat in a TV show one month later and spoke about his illness. He underwent a major surgery before announcing the news.

On 3 November 2014, Pashaei was transferred to Bahman Hospital and was hospitalized in ICU. As his physical condition worsened, t

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