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The Iranian man who inspired Spielberg’s film “The Terminal” has died inside a Paris airport

The Iranian man who inspired Spielberg’s film “The Terminal” has died inside a Paris airport



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Mehran Karimi Naseri, who lived for years at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and inspired Steven Spielberg’s 2004 film “The Terminal,” died Saturday at the same airport.

Naseri was pronounced dead by the airport’s medical team at Terminal 2F and died of natural causes, an airport spokesperson told CNN.

Naseri, an Iranian refugee, was en route to England via Belgium and France in 1988 when he lost his papers and was unable to board the flight or leave the airport and was stuck in limbo until 2006.

“Since mid-September, returned to living as a homeless person in public areas of the airport after a stay in a nursing home,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesman added that Naseri was an “iconic character” at the airport and that “the entire airport community connected with him, and our staff looked after him as best they could for many years, even if we would have liked to have found him. The real shelter.”

Naseri’s story inside the airport was memorialized in the Tom Hanks film “The Terminal”, with an airport spokesperson noting that: “The Spielberg film suggests that he was stuck in a transit zone at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. In fact, he spent several stops there, But always in the public area of ​​the airport, he always wandered around.”

At one point the French authorities offered him permission to live in France, but Nasseri refused the offer, as he wanted to go to his original destination of England.


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