Otto Warmbier, an American student held in North Korea for 17 months and recently released with severe neurological trauma following months spent in a coma, has passed away.
“Unfortunately, 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,” his family said in a statement on Monday afternoon.
Warmbier passed away at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Ohio at 2:20 pm local time, the family said.
When he returned to the US on June 13, he was “unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands,” the family said, but his expression soon changed. “He was home and we believe he could sense that.”