The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply saddened to share with you the news of the demise of Mayum Sonam Dolma, the mother of the late Tenth Panchen Choekyi Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Mayum Sonam Dolma passed away in city of Siling (Ch: Xining) today, at the age of 97 at around 9:30 am local time. The preparations were being taken for funeral to be held in Bhido township. Mayum Sonam Dolma has been hospitalized since January of this year.
Mayum Sonam Dolma is a respected figure within the Tibetan community as the mother of the respected Tenth Panchen Rinpoche. The news was first seen posted online on Chinese Weibo and since, Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet are seen expressing their sadness and grief on online internet posts on both Chinese and Tibetan websites. There has been no official announcement posted yet.
ICT joins Tibetans around the world in expressing our deepest respects and prayers.