According to WCPO in Cincinnati, Otto Warmbier, an American student detained in North Korea for committing “hostile acts”, has died at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Warmbier, who returned to America last Tuesday after being tortured by the North Korean government, lapsed into a coma before he came back to the United States. 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.
Warmbier was only 22 years old.
Here’s more of the statement from his family:
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
“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.”
More from WCPO:
Family members thanked the hospital’s staff for the care they provided Warmbier but said ” the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.”
“It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost – future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds,” the family said. “But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched – Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two – that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.”
Last week, Warmer’s father blasted the Obama administration for not taking action against the NK government: