Mourning. The news was given by his literary agent, Christy Fletcher, on Twitter: "It was an honor for me to work with Tony Mendez, the former CIA agent, and his wife for 20 years. his family, friends and the world. "
Fletcher attached the message to his family. Mendez died of Parkinson's who suffered for ten years, CNN writes.
"The last thing he and his wife, Jonna Mendez did, was to finish a book, and he died feeling like he could write the stories he wanted to say."
Born in 1940 in Eureka, Nevada, Mendez studied at the University of Colorado and worked as a professional artist until he joined the CIA in 1965.
He started at the technical service office forging documents and signatures, currency, before receiving larger projects.
The best known success of Mendez was to safely transport American diplomats who had escaped from the Iranian embassy without the Iranians having any suspicion. For this, he collaborated in the drafting of a plan: the agencies were removed from the country as a Canadian filmmaker looking for location for a science fiction movie.
"Everyone knows that Hollywood people go where they want, whatever the time of the story, forget about politics and danger in the world," Mendez told the BBC in 2013.