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Diplomat who sheltered Americans, but whose role in drama was cut from hit film Argo, passes away in Ottawa hospital

John Sheardown, the former first secretary at the Canadian embassy in Tehran who sheltered fugitive American Embassy staffers at his home during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979 and who had a lengthy career in Canada's foreign service, has died at age 88.

His wife, Zena, said Sheardown passed away in an Ottawa hospital on 30 December and had been treated for Alzheimer's disease for the past four years, though he also suffered from other ailments.

Sheardown, a diplomat in Tehran during the Islamic revolution, played a key role in the events depicted in Ben Affleck's Oscar-contender film Argo, although he was not portrayed in the film.

Almost a week after militant Iranian radicals seized the Us embassy in Tehran on 4 November 1979, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days in retaliation for Us support for the recently deposed shah, »

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