Tony Mendez Dies: Subject Of Ben Affleck’s Oscar Winner ‘Argo’ Was 78

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Tony Mendez Dies: Subject Of Ben Affleck’s Oscar Winner ‘Argo’ Was 78
Tony Mendez, the the CIA officer played by Ben Affleck in 2012’s Argo that won the Best Picture Oscar, has died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease in an assisted-living center in Maryland. He was 78.

The news was confirmed by a family statement provided Saturday by his literary manager Christy Fletcher.

“Earlier this morning, Antonio (Tony) J. Mendez finally succumbed to the Parkinson’s Disease that he had been diagnosed with ten+ years ago,” the statement read. “He was surrounded with love from his family and will be sorely missed.”

The statement also said “the last thing he and his wife Jonna Mendez did was get their new book to the publisher and he died feeling he had completed writing the stories that he wanted to be told.” That book, The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics that Helped America Win the Cold War, is due to be published in May.
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