Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was detained in North Korea for 17 months, has died one week after he was released by Pyongyang and returned to the US in a coma.
The 22-year old University of Virginia student died on Monday afternoon in the Cleveland hospital where he was being treated since his medical evacuation from North Korea last week.
US President Donald Trump made the return of Mr Warmbier a priority, and the regime of Kim Jong Un agreed to his release following a secret meeting between US diplomats and North Korean officials in Oslo and a later meeting with North Korean diplomats at the UN in New York. Mr Trump personally called his family after Warmbier was flown back to Ohio last week.
Warmbier was detained during a trip to North Korea in January 2016. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for allegedly stealing a poster, following a two-month trial that US experts derided as a sham. US officials learned this month that he had fallen into a coma shortly after the trial and remained in that condition for the rest of his time in North Korea.