White Island eruption death toll rises to 22

The fatal eruption occurred on December 9, 2019. File photo.

One person has died as a result of injuries suffered from the Whakaari/White Island eruption on December 9, 2019.

Police have released a statement confirming the death the additional death today.

The death brings the official number of deceased from the tragedy to 22.

"The death of 64-year-old Horst Westenfelder occurred on July 2 at a hospital overseas," says a police spokesperson.

"Mr Westenfelder died due to medical complications while receiving treatment for injuries he received on Whakaari/White Island.

"Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Mr Westenfelder who have requested privacy as they are still coming to terms with the death of their much-loved husband, father and grandfather."

Horst's wife Angelika says her and her family's lives have been changed forever.

"Our lives have changed! 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.

"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.

"In loving memory of a full and exciting life.

"I will always miss you."

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