Otto Warmbier’s family have announced his death this Monday. The statement was released by UC Health Systems: “It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family—Otto died today at 2:20pm”.
His family has apparently blamed his death on the torture/trauma that he endured in North Korea, Warmbier’s parents 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.”
President Donald Trump said—who organised his release—on the news of Otto Warmbier’s death:
Melania and I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Otto Warmbier on his untimely passing.There is nothing more tragic for a parent than to lose a child in the prime of life. Our thoughts and prayers are with Otto’s family and friends, and all who loved him.
Otto Warmbier was an American college student who was imprisoned in and held in North Korea for 17 months, from March 2016 to June 2017.
He was convicted of “hostile acts” against the country of North Korea after stealing a political propaganda poster, while he was visiting as a tourist—he was then sentenced to 15 years hard labor.
US State Department made diplomatic efforts for Otto’s release. North Korea eventually released Warmbier “on humanitarian grounds”.
Warmbier has been in a coma for a year (North Korea claims the coma was a result of botulism and a sleeping pill) as he had suffered brain damage that left him in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness” and “unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands”.
His family has apparently blamed his death on the torture/trauma that he endured in North Korea.
A year ago the Huffington Post said that (the now dead) Otto Warmbier deserved being in a North Korean prison because he was white: