Mehran Karimi Nasseri, the Iranian exile whose time at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport inspired filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s film “The Terminal,” died of a heart attack in Terminal 2F of the same airport on Saturday, Variety reported.
The outlet has revealed that Mehran, who also went by the name Sir Alfred, had been living at the airport again for the past few weeks. He lived in Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport.
In 1988, Mehran settled at the airport for the first time after the UK refused him political asylum as a refugee despite having a Scottish mother.
According to Variety, he made a conscious decision to live at the airport after declaring himself stateless and reportedly always had his luggage by his side.
Mehran, who first left the airport when he was hospitalized in 2006, 18 years after settling there, spent his time reading, journaling and studying economics, Variety reported.
Spielberg decided to direct the 2004 film The Terminal due to his unconventional situation. In it, Tom Hanks played an Eastern European living at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport after being denied entry into the United States.
Apart from that, the 1993 French film Tombes du ciel, starring Jean Rochefort, was also inspired by Mehran, which has been the subject of numerous documentaries and journalistic profiles.
According to Variety, he was said to have been born in the Iranian city of Masjed Soleiman in 1945, and his autobiography, titled The Terminal Man, was published in 2004.
(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by us and was published by a syndicated feed.)