The U.S. college student who North Korea released last week has died, according to his parents.
In January 2016, North Korea arrested Otto Frederick Warmbier, who was a student at the University of Virginia at the time. He was visiting the communist country as a tourist.
While in the capital Pyongyang, Warmbier attempted to steal a propaganda poster. In North Korea, this is considered a hostile act against the state. He was sentenced to 15 years hard labor during a tearful trial two months later.
North Korea has also claimed that Warmbier attempted to overthrow the regime, something his parents strongly deny.
Last week, Warmbier was finally released after a lot of negotiation. But what the North Koreans failed to mention was that Warmbier was in a coma.
Doctors at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center were treating the student when they revealed some horrific news to Warmbier’s family. They said he had been in a coma for over a year and suffered “severe injuries to all regions of the brain.”
Monday afternoon, Warmbier passed away.
His family released a statement:
“The awful torturous mistreatment of 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 went on to say Warmbier “has completed his journey home,” indicating the 22-year-old passed away surrounded by his family.
h/t The Daily Caller