CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The family of Coral Springs resident Robert Levinson, who was an ex-FBI agent and held captive in Iran for 13 years, said Wednesday that he has died in Iranian custody.

Levinson's family posted a statement on social media, saying they recently received information from U.S. government officials that led them to believe he died before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

The retired agent was said to be the longest-held American hostage in history. He was reportedly captured in the small Iranian island of Kish in 2007.

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The family said: “Today, with aching hearts, we are sharing devastating news about Robert Levinson, the head of our family.

We recently received information from U.S. officials that has led both them and us to conclude that our wonderful husband and father died while in Iranian custody. We don't know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 him through the stories we tell them.”

Read the rest of the family's statement here.