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By Grant M. Deltz
In a family-written statement released by Ohio hospital, it was revealed that Otto Warmbier has died. Warmbier was imprisoned in North Korea for more than 17 months and had just returned home last week.
“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family said in part of a statement. “Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.”
Warmbier was praised and remembered in the statement.
“It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds,” The continue,
“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 also thanked “the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto.”