USA student freed from North Korea in coma dies

President Donald Trump today denounced North Korea as "a brutal regime" after the death of a 22-year-old United States student released by the reclusive country in a coma last week.

Added Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, "We hold North Korea accountable for Otto Warmbier's unjust imprisonment, and demand the release of three other Americans who have been illegally detained". He was in a coma.

The family blames North Korea for Otto's death, saying Monday, "The bad, torturious mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible".

"We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at The University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto", it read.

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THOMPSON: So a week prior to their son's landing, they learned that - at least, the official statement from North Korea was that he had contracted botulism and then, after taking a sleeping pill, fell into a coma. He and others freed from North Korea have said they were coached and coerced into giving confessions.

Warmbier died in OH on Monday, days after being released by North Korea. The 22-year-old student was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor but was returned to the United States on June 13 in a coma. They say he had severe brain damage but they don't know what caused it.

She lashed out against the decades-long "inhumanity" of the North Korean regime, saying numerous investigations have been conducted and endless volumes have been written about how "that outlaw government has tortured and murdered generations of its own citizens". Warmbier died Monday afternoon in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, days after being released by North Korea in a comatose state. Warmbier's doctors said he had suffered extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain, but showed no signs of physical trauma.

President Trump condemned the "brutal" North Korean regime and vowed to work to "prevent such tragedies" happening again.

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President Donald Trump has offered condolences to Warmbier's family.

Warmbier passed away on June 19. "Our son has completed his journey home", his family said in a statement.

His cause of death has not yet been confirmed, but at the time of his release the Washington Post reported that USA envoys told Otto's family he had fallen ill with botulism.

Doctors last week declined to speculate on what may have caused Warmbier's condition. The U.S. government says North Korea is using such detainees as political pawns. "He looked very uncomfortable - nearly anguished", they said.

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The circumstances of his detention in North Korea and what medical treatment he may have received there remained a mystery, but relatives have said his condition suggested that he had been physically abused by his captors.

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