The former CIA Agent Tony Mendez died on Saturday in Frederick, Maryland. His family informed. Mendez had suffered for more than ten years of Parkinson’s disease. He was 78 years old.

In his time as a CIA-Agent Mendez specialized in Undercover assignments. After the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in late 1979, he brought in a spectacular action, six refugees U.S. diplomats out of the country.

The diplomats were able to escape from the U.S. Embassy and the Embassy of Canada is hidden. Mendez came up with a Hollywood production – the title of the fictional Science-Fiction film was “Argo” and visited for alleged preparations for the filming of Iran. 27. January 1980 travelled Mendez then with the six American diplomats, who had received as an employee of the film crew expenditure, and false canadian passports.

A “real American Hero”

The story was made into a film in 2012 by Director and actor Ben Affleck, he also took over the main role and played Mendez. The political Thriller “Argo” was honored the following year with three Oscars, including best Film.

Affleck wrote now on Twitter, Mendez was a man of “extraordinary decency, exceptional humility and kindness”. “I’m so proud to have worked with him and to have his stories told.”

U.S. Secretary of state and Ex-CIA chief Mike Pompeo paid tribute to Mendez as “real American heroes”. He had been an “incredibly talented intelligence officer”.

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