Otto Warmbier, a U.S. citizen who was freed last week after more than a year in North Korean detention, has died. Doctors said last week that he had “extensive loss of tissue” in all parts of his brain.
Warmbier, 22, has been in a coma since he returned to the United States last week.
His parents, Fred and Cindy, said in a statement that Warmbier died on Monday afternoon. “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,” they said.
On Friday, as The Two-Way reported, Daniel Kanter from the University of Cincinnati Health told reporters that Warmbier was suspended in a state of “unresponsive wakefulness.” Here’s more:
“Kanter and his colleagues say they’ve found no evidence that Warmbier, who has demonstrated no awareness of his surroundings, suffered from the effects of botulism — a finding that appears to contradict the explanation offered by his North Korean captors. Authorities there have said Warmbier fell into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill.”