Veteran actor Jackson Anthony passes away

Veteran Sri Lankan actor Jackson Anthony has passed away after being treated for 14 months at the National Hospital in Colombo. He was 65.

The popular actor has been hospitalised since an accident on July 02, 2022.

Anthony and two other people were wounded after the vehicle they were travelling in had collided with a wild elephant at Thalawa.

They had reportedly been on their way back after finishing filming at the Haththikuchchi Viharaya in Galgamuwa when the vehicle had crashed against a wild elephant.

The vehicle was severely damaged in the crash while it is believed that the wild elephant might also have been critically wounded.

Anthony was later transferred from the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital to the National Hospital in Colombo, where he underwent surgeries.

An esteemed actor in Sri Lankan cinema, theater as well as television, Jackson Anthony is one of the most popular artists in Sri Lanka and had won the national award for the Best Actor for a record sixteen times.

He was also well-known for his immense talent and versatility as a director, producer, singer, screenwriter, television host, novelist, columnist, lyricist, historian and traveller.

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