An Iranian-Canadian academic and environmental activist has died in a Tehran prison, his son announced on Twitter and Instagram on February 10.

The death of Kavous Seyed-Emami, who was imprisoned by Iranian authorities in January, was reported by his son, Iranian musician Raam Emami, who said his mother was informed of Seyed-Emami’s death on February 9.

"The news of my father's passing is impossible to fathom. I still can't believe this," Raam Emami wrote from an unknown location.

He wrote that the authorities said his 63-year-old father had committed suicide.

Seyed-Emami, a U.S.-trained scholar, had been managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran's rare animals.

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