this is "nightline" >> tonight brutal. regime. the american college student xi detained for 17 months in north korea, now dead, days after returning from home in a coma. his parents speaking out. >> i knelt down by his side and hugged him. >> now questions about what really happened to him in captivity. why doctors are saying the official story doesn't add up plus. ♪ don't go chasing waterfalls >> chasing waterfalls, 23 years after their hit, tlc speak up after the death of their band mate and sister. >> devastating. i couldn't speak about her in past tense. i couldn't do it. >> and an exclusive first look
horrifying and mystifying story of otto warmbier a promising student at american university who was arrested in north korea and held there for a year and released only in a coma. today a tragic ending to this story with so many questions unanswered. >> this is the action that may have cost this college junior his life. then 21-year-old otto warmbier attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in north korea. >> please save my life. please think of my family. >> what followed was a tearful confession and a sentence to 15 years of hard labor. 17 months later warmbier was carries off a plane unable to walk, talk or respond to verbal commands. >> we're thrilled our son is on american soil and i'm able to talk to you on otto's behalf and
i'm able to wear the jacket that he wore when he gave his confession. >> today just six days after that, warmbier died, his parents writing in a statement, otto has completed his journey home. president trump promptly weighing in. >> at least we got him home to be with his parents where they were so happy to see him even though he was in very tough condition. it's a brutal regime and we'll be able to handle it. >> it is not yet clear what impact warmbier's death will have on the already tense situation between the united states and rogue nuclear power. what happened to him is still a mystery. he grew up in small town of suburbs of cincinnati, known to be a high achiever, at his high school graduation, he enrolled at the
university of virginia but in december 2015 made a decision that would radically altar his life. warmbier went to north korea on a five-day visit with a tour group called young pioneer tours offering package tours to quote destinations your mother would rather you stay away from. in an e-mail exchange today with abc news the director of the young pioneers told us this -- it was in the early hours of new year's day that warmbier made a fateful decision to steal that propaganda poster. he was arrested at the airport just as he was leaving on january 2nd. north korea state media claiming he was working to defame the country as a pawn of the u.s. government.
despite his pleas for mercy was sent to a north korea prison. would be the last time his family would ever hear his voice. >> please save my life. >> for months the family had no news of his condition. encouraged by the obama administration to keep a low profile to better negotiate his release. frustrated by the pace though they spoke out on fox news in april. >> to president trump i ask you bring my son home. >> president trump was briefed on warmbier's case in february directing secretary of state rex tillerson to secure the release of of everyone american hostage in north korea. in may secret talks took places in norway eventually leading to a meeting in new york city when the state department learned that warmbier had been in a coma for more than a year. former new mexico governor has been working with the warmbier family to secure their son's release. >> they are in very dire
conditions at these prisons, they don't get proper medical care, some are put in work and labor camps, this is a very cruel regime. if. >> july 12th, arrived demanding his release on humanitarian zbrounds. on june 13th, warmbier was med vacced back to the united states when he touched down he was rushed to the university of cincinnati neuro science intensive care unit. north korea officials say he contracted bocholism after taking a sleeping pill but american doctors dispute that claim. >> i think that's probably the greatest clue to the medical team here is that the loss of brain tissue was across the board. it was everywhere. something that would happen if someone were deprived of oxygen. >> warmbier's brief reunion with his family, bittersweet. his father with this statement to the press. >> i knelt down by his side and hugged him and told him i missed
him and was so glad he made it home. >> tonight the family condemning north korea's actions -- the awful, tortious mistreatment our son received at the hands of north koreas ensured no other outcome was possible. secretary of state tillerson saying this in a statement -- tillerson also demanding the release of three other american hostages who remain in the country. u.s.-north korea relations are increasingly strained. >> i believe that otto's death will have political repercussions. this was a crime against humanity. if there's more sanctions for north korea i'm for it. >> the regime of kim jong-un is so isolated that former nba player dennis rodman is perhaps the most visible diplomatic presence in the country. last week he made a strange
timed visit to north korea. >> just want to open the door that's it. >> but officials insis rodman many no role in warmbier's release. in the case of ling and li accuse the of crossing the north korea border while filming a story. >> my sister lawrie and ling. >> laura's sister, the reporter lisa lang led a very public campaign for their freedom. they were only granted amnesty after former president bill clinton visited. >> the nightmare of our lives was finally to coming to an end. >> today she tweeted this -- tonight's warmbier's tour group say they will no longer organize tours for americans to visit north korea. his parents writing that when he arrived he looked very uncomfortable.
almost anguished within a day he was at peace. he was home. and we believe he could sense that. >> the last video his video has of warmbier as a free man shows their bright adventurous son playing with children in north korea days before he was arrested. the final frames of liberty in a life cut way too short. next here we switch gears entirely and talk about the come back of american's best selling female group of all time, tlc. ♪ female group of all time, tlc. ♪ new charmin ultra soft! it's softer than ever. new charmin ultra soft is twice as absorbent so you can use less. and it's softer than ever... so it's harder to resist. okay, this is getting a little weird
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♪ kds back now with tlc and the new record many thought would never happen, that includes the members of this phenomenally successful female group that first got successful in the 1990s. tonight they tell their story. ♪ don't go chasing waterfalls ♪ >> to many, they are the quintessential sound of the 90s. >> i heard those girls they're kind of like, cool. >> t-boz, "left eye," and chilli. aka, tlc, one of the best selling female groups ever. >> you haven't changed a bit. you look exactly the same. >> they made music history in songs like "waterfalls" with their social conscious lyrics and street style. >> how did you come up with the dance moves? >> it was in the trailer. we have a dance in atlanta. called the bandcamp bounce. goes like this. just kind of roll with it. got to slow it down.
with the beat. just do that. right there. >> there you go. put your shoulders up and down like that. >> you have it. that's good. you just did it. >> 15 years after their last album tlc is back with their fifth and they say final one, but not before a little trip down memory lane. >> i remember these outfits. >> you do? >> just got burrlap and we jump in it and just held it. >> that's it. >> that looks crazy, sexy, cool. >> some thought the new album would never happen. >> music fans around the world are mourning a loss this morning. >> after the tragic death of group member lisa "left" lopes in a car crash in 2002. >> devastating. when i would talk about her it
would talk about her like she was still here. couldn't speak about her like past tense. couldn't do it. there's always going to be a sore spot for us because that was our sister. >> how do you go forward one person down. >> i'll say this, you have to find your new normal and we're clear things were different they wouldn't be tlc as you knew it. she would want us to move on. she would say tlc is forever. >> we've done so much together we're the only ones could continue this on. >> continue on they did, new album came together via kick starter, contributions nearly half million dollars came streaming in from fans around the world, from people like bette midler and katy perry. we caught up with them for the back story. >> we're so surprised when your peers get involved. it says a lot. and it means a lot to us.
>> tlc has had such impact on other artists that such support wouldn would surprise you. >> i went and met lady gaga she was crying saying we changed her lives with songs like "i'm pretty" i'm like wow you're lady gaga she's like as a young girl who wanted to sing and felt like an outcast you made me feel okay. >> your music is very timeless. it's aged very well. >> thank you. >> thank you so much. we've been blessed to have timeless music so a sign like scrubs come on. ♪ scrub is a guy can't get no love from me ♪ >> scrubs are like little roaches. you can't get rid of them. they're always going to be around. i think truth resonates to everybody, like that's true, that happened to me. >> their musical influences may seem all over the map. >> notorious b.i.g. ♪ can't you see, you and me
♪ >> that video, banging. >> guns-n-roses. >> absolutely. >> not exactly what i expect. >> oh, absolutely. all kinds of music. >> foo fighters. >> oh, yeah. >> fleetwood mac. >> the love of unexpected artists is mutual to this day they are covered by musicians of all different jen genres. >> like hanson. taylor. it's amazing. >> even a quartet by judges on the voice. ♪ don't go chasing water falls". ♪ >> add to the list the one and only prince. >> wow. >> look at this. >> look the that. >> that's the one. >> yep. that's the one. ♪ party over, it's out of time ♪ >> on tour in new york, prince comes out and plays, our band, everybody was looking like ha!
i forgot the words, i almost fell off stage. i'm like damn girl. >> but for a career with so many highs there were also unimaginable lows at the height of their fame had to file for bankruptcy cheated by unfair recording contracts. >> we were so broke we had to borrow money to go broke. lisa was dating $15,000 to go file bankruptcy to go broke we of couldn't even afford to go broke. we paid him back. >> adding to the financial hardships, t-son, aka t-boz struggled with health issues throughout her career, suffering from sickle cell anemia. since she was a young girl and battling a brain tumor since 2008. >> this was no joke i lost my sight, speech, hearing and blanks. that's everything i do with my
job. i'm like what is this. you either sit or get up and fight. i chose to fight. >> today time is right for a new chapter. hughes they'll headline "i love the 90s" tour. >> you know about our show it gives you a good feeling. you know that downey fresh like. >> yeah. [ laughter ] ♪ >> and t-boz and chilli are generating much buzz for the upcoming album releasing the video from way back with snoop dogg from last week and here for the first time clip from their video "haters". ♪ ♪ never gonna care what they say we don't care about that anyway ♪ ♪ >> no haters the here. for "nightline" new york city. ♪ don't you ever change ♪ people gone you say what they say ♪ ♪ we don't care about that anyway. >> next the unusual sitcom featuring a talking dog and unscripted moment when the star
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50 years after "mr. ed" the sitcom starring a talking horse comes a sitcom with a talking dog but this is not all right your standard network fair. >> it's funny how life works. >> yes there's a talking dog called martin this is ground breaking experimental television. number one the dog is depressed. >> i don't feel very respected as i being. >> it is a talking dog show for adults. >> i don't want to come off as, like, hyper critical but we used to go on walks. >> people are like the whole family could watch it, i'm like not really. >> i watch it with my eight-year-old kid but i'm a bad parent. >> obviously you're a terrible parent but that's fine. >> this is a funny comedy here on network television on abc. >> what's the name. >> i'm nan. >> no the dog what's the dog's name.
>> i don't know if i would have gone and done a regular sitcom no matter how good it was. i like how this is different. >> that's allison of of fargo. she plains martin's owner, nan, and that's cocreator and voice of martin. sam hodges. >> a lot of my in flaws are part of his character, a way to make fun of myself and the whole generation, very self-analytical. >> so martin has to sit through sex. >> yeah. yeah. >> [ laughter ] >> everybody who has dogs who has sex you know how it is. >> it's weird you look over and your dog is looking at you. >> there's ned he is a rescue from chicago. >> hey ned this is my yard, ned. >> certainly when i first read the description of the show i thought oh, dear. >> if something makes me happy,
how could it be wrong. >> made this web series just for fun. i was an in ad director. and always did long-form stuff. >> tv folk got hold of it, loved it and took a risk. >> yeah i'm a trash dog and she's a fancy lady but we have each other. >> for "nightline," in los angeles. >> thanks nick. downward dog airs tuesday here on abc. at 8:00. thank you for watching "abc news tonight" as always
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