Jewish former FBI agent Robert Levinson who was held captive since 2007 dies in Iranian prison

The family of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, a private investigator who disappeared 13 years ago on an island off the coast of Iran, said that he died while being held hostage in Iran.

“We recently received information from US officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody,” his family said in a statement Wednesday.

The statement said U.S. officials agreed with the family’s conclusion, adding: “We don’t know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The family received proof-of-life photos and a video in 2010 and 2011.

Photographs emerged of him bearded and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

Around his neck hung signs, one of which said, “why you cannot help me”.

On March 9, the FBI’s Washington field office noted the anniversary of his disappearance and called the date “another opportunity for the leadership of the government of Iran to finally return Bob home to his family.”

The family apparently received the latest information after that.

In 2009 and 2010 there was a proposed rescue plan to save Robert Levinson.

Hillary Clinton called it off.