Otto Warmbier, an American student detained in North Korea for committing “hostile acts” has died, his parents confirmed Tuesday in a statement. He was 22.
Warmbier, who returned to America last Tuesday, having previously been sentenced to 15 years hard labor after stealing pro-government paraphernalia from his hotel, had lapsed into a coma before his return. The North Korean government claimed Warmbier had contracted botulism shortly after his conviction of crimes against the communist state in March 2016.
“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family wrote in a statement.
“We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous treatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”
Otto Warmbier, 22-year-old US student detained in North Korea, dies after returning home in coma pic.twitter.com/SONqyO3Voq
— Jason Calabretta (@JasonCalabretta) June 19, 2017
According to the Warmbier family, Otto was “unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands.”
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