Ex-SAS soldier John McAleese, who led the raid that ended the 1980 siege at Iran's embassy in London, has died.Mr McAleese, who was in his early 60s, died on Friday in Thessaloniki, Greece, the Foreign Office said.
The former sergeant led the team which blew out the building's windows and rescued 24 hostages from gunmen.
His daughter said he had been reunited with his son, a soldier killed in Afghanistan. "Two great heroes taking their place in heaven," she said.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are aware of the death of John McAleese, a hero who served his country bravely and professionally in a military career that spanned many years.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."
Millions of television viewers watched Mr McAleese and his team, dressed in black, storm the embassy on 5 May 1980 to end the six-day siege within 15 minutes of entering.
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