Trump offers condolences to Warmbier family

US student freed by North Korea in a coma has died at 22

Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week, died Monday afternoon.

Otto Warmbier, a USA citizen who was freed last week after more than a year in North Korean detention, has died.

"For Otto to be returned to the USA in the state he was in - and then for him to die because of it - is not only an outrage, but it is a tragedy for his entire family", Bae wrote.

Warmbier's family directly linked their son's death to his imprisonment in North Korea. Their statement Monday said he had looked uncomfortable and anguished after returning June 13, but his countenance later changed.

Doctors treating Warmbier said he had suffered extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain, but showed no signs of physical trauma.

Warmbier pleaded for forgiveness during his sentencing in North Korea.

Warmbier had not spoken or moved in any purposeful way since his return, a condition his doctors called "unresponsive wakefulness" also known as persistent vegetative state.

Warmbier's parents have blamed his death on the "torturous mistreatment" he had received at the hands of the North Koreans.

He was found guilty of committing a "hostile act" against the country and sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years of hard labor.

Family Says Otto Warmbier, American Released By North Korea, Has Died
American student Otto Warmbier is presented to reporters on February 29, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea, following his arrest. The China-based tour group said in a statement that despite constant requests, they were denied the opportunity to meet him.

The tour agency, which specializes in tours to North Korea and other destinations perceived as unsafe, said that "despite constant requests", it was "denied any opportunity to meet him or anyone in contact with him in Pyongyang, only receiving assurances that he was fine".

Otto was detained by authorities at the Pyongyang International Airport on his way back to the U.S. from North Korea in January 2016, for attempting to take a political slogan from a staff-only area in the hotel where he was staying.

A U.S. student released from North Korea in a coma after over a year being held in the country has died - with his distraught family accusing the brutal regime of "torturous mistreatment".

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.

Otto grew up here and we know him as an intelligent, personable, and wonderful young man. The state department had then said that they would like to see the other three released soon, but it was not clear if a negotiation was underway.

"Unfortunately, the very bad 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 family statement.

What does it take to get an American released from North Korea?

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnati late Tuesday. Yun learned about Warmbier's condition in a meeting a week before the release from the North Korean ambassador at the U.N.in NY.

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