Summary: schoolteacher who made international headlines in 2010 when he illegally crossed into North Korea from China by walking across a frozen stretch of the Tumen River and was soon after apprehended by border guards while he had been teaching English in South Korea at the time (he may have entered North Korea in support of Korean-American human rights activist Robert Park, according to some media accounts), who was sentenced to eight years of hard labor and fined $700,000 when he was detained for nine months until former U.S. President Jimmy Carter helped secure his release later that year, and who about his ordeal in a 2015 autobiography titled Violence and Humanity.
Cause of Death: Burned to death in an accidental fire
Born: June 19, 1979
Died: November 17, 2017
Location: San Diego, California