ABC News is reporting that Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who spent almost 18 months detained in North Korea, has died.
Warmbier returned to the United States in a comatose state last week.
His family determined he was brain dead as a result of serious damage, but the cause of the damage has been unclear.
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“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family said in part in a statement. “Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.”
North Korean officials claimed that Warmbier went into a coma just a few weeks after his trial after he came down with food poisoning and was given a sleeping pill.
Warmbier’s father said in a statement last week:
“There is no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret and denied him top-notch medical care for so long.”
Warmbier was tried and sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea after he attempted to steal propaganda off a hotel wall.
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