Kunchok Sonam, an 18 year old Tibetan monk of Song-tsang Monastery has succumbed to self-immolation outside his monastery in Dzoge county of Ngaba prefecture around 8:40 am on July 20, 2013 raising the toll of known self-immolators to 120.
Kunchok Sonam is survived by his father Sonam Palden and mother Lantuk.
It has been reported that the Chinese authorities tried to confiscate Sonam's body. However, the Tibetan crowd refused to hand the monk's body to the authorities and managed to take it to the nearby Yellow river, feeding his remains to the fish as an ultimate sacrifice of his body.
Kunchok Sonam is the first Tibetan to self-immolate since the incidence of Venerable Wangchen Dolma on June 11, 2013.