On March 9, Robert A. “Bob” Levinson had been missing from Kish Island, Iran for 13 years. Levinson was abducted by the Iranian government on March 9, 2007, and was the longest-held hostage in U.S. history, according to the FBI.
Tragically, his family was informed by the White House that he died in Iranian custody. He would have been 72 years old.
The Levinson Family has been through years of pain and has hoped for Levinson’s release for more than a decade. They made an official statement Wednesday.
“Today with aching hearts we are sharing devastating news, about Robert Levinson, the head of our family,” the statement on Twitter reads. “We recently received information from U.S. officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died in while in Iranian custody. We don’t know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID19 pandemic.”