Born 47 years ago in Tehran, Iran, Amir Vahedi lived an extraordinary life fraught with turmoil and triumph.
His early adult years were spent serving in the Iranian Army during the long, devastating Iran-Iraq War in which an estimated half million people lost their lives. Amir’s mother convinced him to rescind his obligations as an Iranian soldier, and – in the company of his brother-in-law – Vahedi escaped his native country to seek refuge in Pakistan.
But escaping the turbulence of the war wasn’t easy. Perilous travels through Pakistan eventually lead to Amir Vahedi’s confinement in an Afghani prison for many months. When Amir was released he acquired a forged passport, with which he made his way into Soviet East Berlin where Vahedi found passage into West Berlin. Eventually Amir Vahedi, a political refugee, was allowed to relocate to California, where he had family.
Amir Vahedi tried his hand as a business owner for a while before deciding in 1997 to become a full time poker player. His approach to tournament poker was in tune with his philosophy for life. Amir Vahedi was known at the felt for his aggressive style of play, his laughter, and his Cuban cigars – a man willing to die in order to live. He was unpredictable, and it paid off. Along his enviably lucrative career path, Amir Vahedi earned himself many achievements and acknowledgments, including a coveted WSOP bracelet in 2003, and a 6th place win in the 2003 WSOP Main Event. He also made many friends along the way.
News of Amir Vahedi’s sudden death came as a shock to his family, friends and colleagues. While the cause of death has not yet been determined, preliminary findings showed no indication of disease or injury to any of his vital organs. Amir was found in his hotel room at the Golden Nugget around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, where it appears that he had collapsed. The official autopsy report is expected to be issued in 6 to 8 weeks, following results of the toxicology tests.
Everyone a 4Flush would like to extend their sincerest condolences to the family of Amir Vahedi. He is survived by two daughters, one son, one sister, and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at Forrest Lawn Memorial in Hollywood Hills, California at 3pm, Friday, January 15. Public attendance has been graciously welcomed.
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