Ken Taylor

Former Canadian diplomat Ken Taylor, who helped six U.S. citizens escape during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, died Thursday. He was 81.

A family member confirmed to Global News Taylor passed away Thursday afternoon surrounded by family members at the New York-Presbyterian hospital

Canadian politicians offered their condolences and kind words on Taylor’s record as a diplomat.

“As Canada’s Ambassador to Iran during the Iranian Revolution, Taylor valiantly risked his own life by shielding a group of American diplomats from capture,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “Ken Taylor represented the very best that Canada’s foreign service has to offer.”



  • Blind Druid

    Apparently “Argo” was pretty close to the real story. That the housemaid got the hell out of Iran at the end was very telling about the nature of the regime. RIP – a true Canadian hero.

  • Maggat

    Huge difference between Taylor and Dallaire, isn’t there?

    • Alain

      Please do not even include Dallaire with his name.

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      • Petrilla

        hope you and clauswitz read my comment on dallaire above.

    • Clausewitz

      I wouldn’t follow Dallaire to a latrine, even if I had dysentery.

    • Petrilla

      Not a fan of Daillaire, weepy cryiñg, could have been a real Canadian soldier, could have fought to the last man, no, weasel, did nothing in Rwanda, suicidal soldier. In the Ottawa river, then a senator, ill deserved. Best book about this horrible time by a black guy who watched the bodies flow down the river. Out of Africa by Keith B Rich burg. Best book of that horrific my view.The author tells us how a black man in America should be thankful, but that would go against anything PC, right?

  • Petrilla

    Ken Taylor was a true hero. RIP.