Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Dalai Lama's nephew killed on walk

Jigme Norbu, left, nephew of the Dalai Lama, at a rally for Tibetan freedom in San Francisco (AP)

The nephew of the Dalai Lama has been killed during a 300-mile "Walk for Tibet" along a Florida highway, police said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 45-year-old Jigme Norbu was struck by a sport utility vehicle at about 7.30pm on Monday, local time, on State Road A1A along the state's east coast.

According to www.ambassadorforworldpeace.org, Mr Norbu was walking from St Augustine, south, to West Palm Beach to raise awareness of the Tibetan struggle for independence from China.

He had done similar walks several other times including one in 2009 from Indiana to New York which marked the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule that resulted in the exile of his uncle.

Mr Norbu of Bloomington, Indiana, was the son of the Dalai Lama's late brother, Taktser Rinpoche.

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