Otto Warmbier, freed by North Korea, is dead at 22

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Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 5:00 PM EDT

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who was freed from North Korean custody last week, has died, his family confirms.

His family said in a statement that he died surrounded by loved ones at 2:20 p.m. on Monday. 

“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. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person,” the family said in a statement. 

Warmbier was detained while visiting North Korea with a tour group. In March 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign at his hotel.

He was in a coma when he was sent home to the U.S. last week.

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