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Washington: Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was detained in North Korea for nearly a year and a half, died on Monday afternoon, his parents said.

Warmbier had been medically evacuated and returned to Cincinnati last week in a coma.

“Unfortunately, the awful 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 parents, Fred and Cindy Warmbier, said in a written statement.

Warmbier’s death was mourned by his wide circle of friends and by complete strangers, and it intensified political reaction to his detention, with outraged critics calling it ‘murder.’

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