22-year-old Otto Warmbier, a student formerly held captive by North Korea that was released last week in a coma state, passed away today, according to his family.
The statement released by his family reads:
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 2:20pm.
It would easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost – future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, and brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched – Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two – that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.
The statement goes on and you can read it in full below, the image comes from ABC News’ official Twitter:
BREAKING: 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, U.S. student released from North Korea last week, has passed away, his family says. pic.twitter.com/wnG5QKFKAz
— ABC News (@ABC) June 19, 2017
Read more about Otto’s story here.