Robert Levinson’s family announced the sad news in a press release today. Mr. Levinson disappeared in Iran 13 years ago from the island of Kish off the south coast of Iran.
He was the longest-held hostage in U.S. history.
But Trump has disputed allegations that Mr. Levinson died, in an unexpected turn of events.
Wednesday at the White House, he said, “I was very involved in this and he was a great gentleman and a big family.
“It doesn’t look good, it hasn’t been good for years in Iran, it doesn’t look promising.”
They say he had worked in Kish as a private investigator on the counterfeit cigarettes in the area.
He retired from the FBI in 1998.
Other reports suggest he was working for the CIA to recruit an Iranian spy.
US officials suspected that he had been kidnapped by Iranian smart forces to be used as currency in relations with Washington.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mr. Levinson’s family said they received information from US officials who led them to conclude that he died in Iranian detention.
They said, “It is impossible to describe our pain.
“Our family will spend the rest of our lives without the most amazing man we have ever known, a new reality that is inconceivable to us.
“His grandchildren will never meet him. They will only know it through the stories we tell them.
“Without the cruel and cruel actions of the Iranian regime, Robert Levinson would be alive and with us today.”