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Dalai Lama's nephew killed in US accident

world Updated: Feb 15, 2011 14:05 IST

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Jigme Norbu, the nephew of the Dalai Lama, died on late Monday when he was struck by a car while marching in a pro-Tibet demonstration on a Florida highway, officials said.

The Highway Patrol said in a brief statement on Tuesday that Norbu was walking on the edge of a local highway in north-eastern Florida when he was hit by an SUV at 7:26 pm Monday (0026 GMT Tuesday), and "was determined to be deceased upon the arrival of emergency services."

Norbu, 43, was on a Valentine Day "Walk for Peace" with other activists to raise awareness of human rights abuses in Tibet, according to an activist website.