Suminda Sirisena was an actor in Sri Lankan cinema, theatre and television who died on 4 December 2023 .
He played a wide range of starring or supporting roles and was a recipient of the Best Actor award at many award festivals.
Suminda Sirisena was awarded Kala Keerthi, the highest national honour for arts, culture and drama in Sri Lanka, in 2017.
In 2014 he was awarded the Deshanethru award and the Kala Bhushana state award in recognition of the service he had rendered to the country’s performing arts.
Suminda Sirisena cause of death
He had passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Gampaha, according to family sources.
In May 2012, Sirisena was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Colombo National Hospital due to sudden illness and fever.
Beginning then, he had difficulties with walking. He was taking physiotherapy treatments at the time of his death.
The exact cause of his death has not been reported yet.
Suminda Sirisena age
Suminda Sirisena was 75 years old at the time of his death. He was born on July 4, 1948 in Bossella, a rural village in Kegalle, Sri Lanka as the eldest of the family.
His father Bulathgamuwa Sirisena was a small-time businessman in the village who also performed traditional Sri Lankan folk dramas and his mother Punchi Nona was a housewife.
After having his primary education at the village school Pussellawa Maha Vidyalaya, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Tholangamuwa Central College in 1963. He had two younger brothers and two sisters.
After his school education, Sirisena moved to Colombo to join the Sri Lanka Railways as a Special Apprentice in 1969. While establishing his career as an actor in theatre, Sirisena went to Oman in 1970 to work as a quantity surveyor for two years.
After returning home, he worked as a technical officer at the Victoria Dam project. Then he went back abroad in 1979 and returned to Sri Lanka in 1984.
Before 1971, he was an activist and continually attended the meetings conducted by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. But as the party entered the process of armed struggle, he quit politics.
He obtained a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from the Open University of Sri Lanka and then completed an M.A, degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
At Tholangamuwa, he studied under Ariyawansa Ranaweera, Jayasumana Dissanayake, Daya Alwis and Wijayaratne Athurupane who were scholars and artists who had a major influence on Sri Lankan theatre and arts for many decades.
Suminda Sirisena net worth
Suminda Sirisena’s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million.
He earned his money from being a professional actor in Sri Lankan cinema, theatre and television.
Suminda Sirisena wife
Suminda Sirisena’s wife is Leela Sirisena
Suminda Sirisena children
Suminda Sirisena had two children, both sons. Their names are Prabhath Sirisena and Nanditha Sirisena.
Prabhath Sirisena is a software engineer who works for a multinational company in Colombo. He is married and has two daughters.
Nanditha Sirisena is a journalist who writes for a leading newspaper in Sri Lanka. He is also a poet and a filmmaker.
Both sons were very close to their father and admired his acting skills and social activism.
Suminda Sirisena illness
Suminda Sirisena suffered from a sudden illness and fever in May 2012 that caused him to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of Colombo National Hospital.
Since then, he had difficulties with walking and was taking physiotherapy treatments until his death.
The exact cause of his illness and death has not been reported yet.
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