Father of ISIS hostage who filmed plea to captors confirmed dead

The father of John Cantlie, who earlier this month ago had made a video appeal to Islamic State to release his hostage son, has been confirmed to have died.

Paul Cantlie had been undergoing throat surgery earlier this month, and according to the family had died on Thursday from complications which followed pneumonia.

The family had released a statement on Tuesday: “Paul died not knowing whether John’s captors had recieved any of the messages he had sent to them. The failure of communication to date has inevitably led to a terrible sense of abandonment, particularly for John’s father, with the family feeling ignored.

“This burden has been especially hard these last few days, as we have so needed to tell John that his father, whom he so loved, has died.”

John Cantlie, is a 43 year old photojournalist from Surrey, who had been captured in Syria in November 2012 and is currently being held by ISIS. He has appeared in four videos since, reading scripted messages for his captors.

On October 3rd, his father Paul filmed a video aimed at his son’s captors during his treatment for a chest infection after having an operation to remove his voicebox:

“Speaking entirely for myself, this is not how I had imagined I would be passing my 81st year. I want John to know how very proud I’am of him. I can think of no greater joy than seeing my dear son released and allowed to return home to us.”

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