Former North Korea Detainee Otto Warmbier Has Died

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CINCINNATI — Otto Warmbier, the American college student who spent 17 months in detention in North Korea, died Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, 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.,” the statement said.

The 22-year-old returned to the United States last week. Warmbier did not talk, move in any purposeful way, or respond to verbal communication. In a news conference last Thursday, doctors called his condition “unresponsive wakefulness,” and revealed he had suffered significant brain damage during his imprisonment.

The North Korean government said botulism is to blame for Warmbier’s condition, but US doctors said they found no evidence of the illness.

The family expressed anger at his treatment in North Korea.

“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.”

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  • Lance

    The north koreans should pay for what they did. The parents are paying for the loss of their son. But you have to ask yourself why go to that bat shit crazy country? What’s next a trip to Syria?

  • amusingword

    Why was he in detention? It seems that would be a lighter sentence than a jail sentence, but then North Koren is ruled by a mad man..

  • Nan Cee

    So very sorry for the lose of your son! It is such a tragedy. May the Lord be with you as you try to move forward without him.

  • Robert

    Who in their right mind would want to go on vacation in North Korea? Sure this ended horribly, and yes it is sad. But, these kids that toured North Korea, bet they could run a stop sign without consequence. What the heck where their parents thinking? Now lets put this behind us and go hiking in the mountains of Iran. I here they are spectacular!

    • Your comment is Stupid

      Seriously though no one cares for your opinion. Please keep your thoughts to yourself as you clearly to do not respect anyone. Anyone can say this unless it happens to them.

      • Robert

        You glean so much data from so little information clearly your are a genius. You should book the next flight to North Korea and show them the error of their ways. Don’t forget to pocket a few souvenirs, as the market on e-bay is strong for North Korean Propaganda posters.

  • Terry

    May the Lord God grant to His servant, Otto, a blessed repose in a place of peace and light.
    May the Lord God also grant peace to his surviving family and friends at this time.
    May the Lord God lead the leadership of North Korea away from the path of evil it is on and on a path towards the Truth and Light of the Savior.

  • A2B2C

    Did North Korea use him as an example of what will go wrong to anyone for any reason in that country? Torture and destroy, then send him home for his family to bury him. If they’ll commit this atrocity against a visitor, think what these people do to their own. Who thinks we should be taunting and toying with this monster Kim who has zero regard for the sanctity of any life except his own. Everyone is disposable to him.

    • Your Plain Stupid (you gave your opinion so i guess i can give mine)

      Your comment is PLAIN STUPIDITY! SO you think it would be alright for the United States to torture a North Korean to death over a political banner? Keep your opinions to yourself as they don’t matter and yes I see you to KIM JONG-UN. You people are the reason why the world is full of hate. You justify actions of hatred instead why don’t you use your powers to do good instead of posting stupid statements on the internet about stuff you know nothing about.


        If you think the US hasn’t tortured anyone from other countries for way less, then you need to get out of your safe space.

  • its a shell game

    Rest In Peace Otto. And Thanks President Trump for bringing this young man home, to his parents.

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