Otto Warmbier, US college student held by North Korea for 17 months dies

Otto Warmbier, US college student held by North Korea for 17 months dies

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Otto Warmbier escorted by North Korean guards. Photo: Reuters

Otto Warmbier, the college student who was held in detention for 17 months in North Korea, died Monday afternoon, his family said in a statement.

It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.

“We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. 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.

Warmbier was medically airlifted from North Korea back to the United States last June 13 after falling into a coma at the hands of his captors. He was accused of subversion for allegedly trying to steal a sign from a hotel, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.


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