BREAKING: Otto Warmbier Dies Following His Return To The U.S.

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.

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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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