The Latest: Student’s death ‘touches the American heart’

The Latest on the death of an American college student days after he was freed from North Korea in a coma (all times local):

7:45 p.m.

The U.S. Department of State says it has “received with deep sadness” news about the death of an American college student who was released from North Korea and returned home to Ohio in a coma last week.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he extends his condolences to the family of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier (WORM’-bir) and offers his prayers as Warmbier’s parents “enter a time of grief no parent should ever know.” He says the U.S. holds North Korea accountable for Warmbier’s “unjust imprisonment” and demands the release of three other “illegally detained” Americans.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says “countless innocent men and women have died at the hands of the North Korean criminals.” She says Warmbier’s death “touches the American heart like no other.”

Warmbier’s doctors say he had severe brain damage but they don’t know what caused it. His parents say he died Monday afternoon.

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7:10 p.m.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson says he’s saddened and angry about the death of an American college student from Ohio who was released by North Korea in a coma last week.

Richardson calls on North Korea to release three Americans and a Canadian detained in the country in response to Monday’s death of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier (WORM’-bir).

Richardson says he got involved in seeking Warbier’s release more than a year ago at the invitation of the student’s family and Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk). He says Warbier’s treatment by North Korea “could be a crime against humanity.”

Warmbier’s doctors say he had severe brain damage but they don’t know what caused it. His parents say he died Monday afternoon.

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

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