10/09/2013 12:07 pm ET

Akong Tulku Rinpoche Dead: Prominent Tibetan Monk Reported Killed In Chengdu, China


Dr. Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, aged 73, was stabbed to death in Chengdu, a city in southwest China, according to police reports. His driver and his nephew who were accompanying him were also killed.

Akong was well-known as the co-founder of Europe's first Tibetan Buddhist monastery, the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Dumfries and Galloway near the English-Scottish border in 1967.

His younger brother, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, said in a Tuesday statement on the monastery's website that Akong had been killed in China, but that he had no other news until the results of the post-mortem.

Police in Chendgu confirmed the death of all three men and said "the deaths resulted from a financial quarrel."

Raw Story reports that a verified police social media account said that "three Tibetan men visited a house where the trio were staying and stabbed them to death in an argument over money."

Police told AFP on Wednesday that the three suspects were in custody.


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