USA student freed by North Korea in a coma dies at 22


In the statement, Warmbier's family said, "We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers".

The family of Otto Warmbier announced Monday afternoon, that the man has died.

Otto Warmbier grew up in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Wyoming.

File - American student Otto Warmbier, right, bows as he is presented to the reporters on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The Warmbier family thanked the doctors for their efforts on Monday but added: "Unfortunately, the terrible 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".

He was detained at the airport as he was leaving the country with a tour group in January 2016.

FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Warmbier, 22, had been in a coma since coming home to the United States last week. He died six days later surrounded by relatives in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

"If Otto had anything schoolwork-related, job-related, family-related that he needed to do", Otto's friend Ned Ende told the Washington Post, "there was absolutely nothing you could say to him to convince him to do stuff with you".

The State Department said that Yun demanded Warmbier's release while on the ground, but sources tell ABC News that Yun and others made the arrangements for his release prior to Yun's trip.

The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months and medically evacuated from North Korea last week.

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Warmbier had fallen into a coma while imprisoned in a labor camp.

FILE - In this February 29, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Warmbier, then 21, was accused of stealing a propaganda poster hanging from the wall of the hotel he was staying in.

"Unfortunately, the very bad 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", his family's statement said on Monday. "I will pray for them and hope they find peace", Jonathan Bae said.

Pyongyang said that Warmbier fell into a coma soon after he was sentenced in March of past year for stealing a political poster from a North Korean hotel.

The University of Virginia student was held for more than 17 months.

Doctors had described his condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.

Reacting to the news of Warmbier's death, President Donald Trump said Warmbier had faced tough conditions and that North Korea was a "brutal regime", according to Reuters.

As he spoke to the media Thursday, Fred Warmbier also said he was glad to be wearing the same jacket his son had worn during his court appearance in North Korea. He was critical of former President Barack Obama's approach to his son's situation.

"However, questions are now going to be asked of the State Department whether it's not time - given this most recent death and the fact that a number of other Americans are being held as detainees in North Korea - that it needs to consider imposing a formal ban on USA travel to the region".