“Sir Alfred de Roissy”, Iranian homeless refugee and hero of Spielberg, died in Terminal 2F of the Paris CDG

Paris CDG Terminal 2F © André Orban

Mehran Karimi Nasseri died of natural causes this Saturday, a few weeks after returning to settle at Paris Airport, where he had lived for more than 18 years.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian political refugee who lived at Paris’ Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport for more than 18 years, died there on Saturday. His life inspired director Steven Spielberg’s film The Terminal and Tom Hanks played him on screen in 2004.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri, better known as Sir Alfred, died of natural causes in Terminal 2F just before noon on Saturday, an airport source told AFP. After spending the money received for the film and living in a house in Paris, he returned to the airport for a few weeks. Several thousand euros were found on him.

Born in Iran in 1945, Mehran Karimi Nasseri had settled in Roissy in November 1988 after a long journey to London, Berlin and Amsterdam in search of his mother. Each time he was expelled by the authorities because he could not produce any papers. In 1999 he was granted refugee status in France and settled at Charles De Gaulle Airport.

The contract with Spielberg was signed in 2001 for a few tens of thousands of dollars, which allowed him to move into a house. However, a few weeks ago he returned to CDG Airport.

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