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Dalai Lama's Nephew Dies After Being Struck By Vehicle In Florida

"The nephew of the most recognized figure in Buddhism was killed Monday while walking along a Florida highway in an attempt to draw attention to the struggle of Tibetans to gain their independence from China," the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Jigme Norbu at a 2007 "free Tibet" rally in New York City. Don Emmert /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jigme Norbu at a 2007 "free Tibet" rally in New York City.

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It adds that "Jigme Norbu, 45, of Bloomington, Ind., ... was struck and killed by an SUV about 7:30 p.m. on State Road A1A [in Flagler County], according to the Florida Highway Patrol."

The Florida Times-Union says "Norbu was walking as part of a "Walk for Tibet," a 300-mile march from St. Augustine to West Palm Beach to promote several international causes, according to the Ambassadors for World Peace website."

Florida's News 13 reports that police say Norbu was "walking southbound along the white traffic line" after dark. State troopers questioned the driver of the vehicle, "but he was not charged."