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Kayla Mueller, the American woman taken hostage by ISIS, has died at the age of 26. Her family and the White House confirmed the tragedy Tuesday.

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Mueller was killed after Jordanian airstrikes against the militant group targeted the building in Syria where the U.S. aid worker was being held captive.

Jordan is part of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (often called ISIS or ISIL). There has been no official confirmation about how Mueller died.

Media reports say that Mueller, a native of Prescott, Ariz., was captured August 4, 2013, as she left a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

"We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller has lost her life," Kayla’s parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, said.

President Obama, in a statement, said Mueller "represents what is best about America, and expressed her deep pride in the freedoms that we Americans enjoy."

The freedoms she appreciated and sought to share through her efforts every day, are what "so many others strive for around the world," he continued.

Obama added: "No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death."

A National Security Council spokeswoman said the Muellers received "additional information" over the weekend from the Islamic State that Kayla had died.

The intelligence community authenticated that information. Mueller’s family and friends described her as generous and caring, a free spirit full of empathy.

"She did ordinary things to extraordinary measures," Kathleen Day, a friend, said.

In a letter to her family in Spring 2014, while still in detention, Mueller wrote she was in "a safe location completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact)."

"I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness."

It remains unclear what happened to her, but in a statement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, "ISIL, and ISIL alone, is the reason Kayla is gone."