Iranian who inspired ‘The Terminal’ dies at Paris airport

PARIS (AP) — An Iranian man who lived for 18 years at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and inspired Steven Spielberg’s film “The Terminal” died at the airport on Saturday, officials said.

Merhan Karimi Nasseri died of a heart attack in the airport’s terminal 2F around noon, according to a Paris airport official. Police and a medical team treated him but could not save him, the official said. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.

Karimi Nasseri, believed to have been born in 1945, lived in Terminal 1 of the airport from 1988 to 2006, first in legal limbo for lack of residency papers, then by choice, according to French media.

He had been living at the airport again for the past few weeks, the airport official said.

His saga inspired “The Terminal” with Tom Hanks, and a French film.

The Associated Press


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