German man dies following Whakaari/White Island eruption, bringing death toll to 22

Another person has died as a result of injuries suffered during the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption in December.

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Today police confirmed Horst Westenfelder, 64, died in an overseas hospital in July. Source: 1 NEWS

Horst Westenfelder, 64, died on July 2 at an overseas hospital, bringing the death toll to 22 from the December 9, 2019 eruption.

Westenfelder, from Germany, died due to medical complications while receiving treatment for injuries.

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Cellphone video taken by one of the 21 people who died was aired on Australia’s 60 Minutes programme. Source: 1 NEWS

“It is unbelievable, how many months my joyful, sensible and strong husband 'Horsti', was fighting for his life and I am thankful to everyone who was thinking of us and helping us during that very hard time,” his wife Angelika Westenfelder said in a statement.

"He lost this battle and started his last journey in July. It is an irreplaceable loss for our family, his friends and of course for myself."

Westenfelder is the first Whakaari/White Island victim to die outside of New Zealand and Australia, with 19 of the victims having died in Aotearoa and two dying in Australia.

Tourists from a cruise ship travelling around New Zealand were on the active volcano, which is off the Bay of Plenty coast, on a guided day trip when it erupted.

The Westenfelder family requested privacy as they are still coming to terms with the death of their much-loved husband, father and grandfather, NZ police said in a statement.