The death of an Iranian who lived at Paris airport for 18 years
An Iranian who lived at Paris airport for 18 years has died.
In 1988, Mehran Karimi Nasseri made a small section of Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport his home.
Nasiri’s experience inspired the famous film the terminalproduced in 2004, starring Tom Hanks.
An airport official told AFP Nasseri was eventually granted the right to live in France but returned to the airport a few weeks ago, where he died of natural causes.
Born in 1945 in the Iranian province of Khuzestan, Nasseri traveled to Europe for the first time in search of his mother.
Nasseri spent a few years in Belgium after being expelled from countries like the UK, the Netherlands and Germany for not having the correct immigration documents, and then went to France, where he made passenger terminal 2F at the airport his home.
Living on an airport bench surrounded by carts with his accumulated belongings, the Iranian spent his days writing about his life in his notebook and reading books and newspapers.
His story garnered international media attention and caught the eye of actor and director Steven Spielberg, who directed Terminal, starring Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
After the film was shown, reporters flocked to speak to the man who was the inspiration for the Hollywood film. At one point, Nasseri, who called himself “Sir Alfred,” gave six interviews a day, Le Parisien reported.
Despite being granted refugee status and the right to stay in France in 1999, he stayed at the airport until 2006, when he was taken to hospital for treatment, and then lived in a hostel with the money he made from the film, the French reported Liberation newspaper.
An airport official said Nasseri returned to the airport a few weeks ago, where he lived until his death.
Several thousand euros were found on him, the official added.
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