"With the end of the 49 days, my responsibility ended."
--Lobsang Chophel, after the death of H.H. Penor Rinpoche
Demonstrating the reality of cause and effect, reports are now circulating that "Lama Lobsang" Chophel, embattled compradore of the late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, and behind-the-scenes architect of the controversial, failed recognitions of Hollywood personality Steven Seagal and Brooklyn hairdresser Alyce Zeoli, has been struck dead at Byalakuppe, Karnataka State, India.
Exact cause and circumstances of death are unknown at this time.
Long the focus of political turmoil within the Palyul lineage of the Nyingma School, Chophel became the subject of bitter denunciations following Penor Rinpoche's death in March 2009. Senior tulkus and khenpos accused Chophel of usurping authority, and uttering forgeries in Penor Rinpoche's name, leading to a struggle over foreign assets in Great Britain and the United States.
We extend condolences to his family and dedicate prayers to his relief.