The father of Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who died after slipping into a coma while imprisoned in North Korea, will attend the Winter Olympics as a guest of Vice President Pence, according to a report Sunday.
Pence leaves Monday for Japan and South Korea, where he will be joined by Warmbier’s father, Fred Warmbier, during the opening ceremonies, the Washington Post reported.
Warmbier’s parents and two younger siblings attended the State of the Union address as guests of President Trump, who paid tribute to the family.
“You are powerful witnesses to a menace that threatens our world, and your strength truly inspires us all,” Trump said Tuesday night. “Tonight we pledge to honor Otto’s memory with total American resolve.”
Warmbier was arrested after stealing a propaganda tribute to Kim Jong Un during a tour of Pyongyang in 2016. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.
The isolated nation failed to disclose the 21-year-old was in a coma for most of his confinement until he was medically evacuated to a Cincinnati, Ohio, hospital, where he died.
His parents declined to have Warmbier undergo an autopsy and his death remains unexplained.
North Korea claims Warmbier fell ill from botulism and never regained consciousness after taking a sleeping pill.