Yes, it’s an irreparable loss to the showbiz world – the demise of singer/entertainer/showman/composer Sunil Perera.
His death, last morning (06), came as a terrible shock to the whole of Sri Lanka…and the world over, who loved this wonderful entertainer.
True, Sunil was down with the Covid virus and spent many days, in hospital, but when he, eventually, got home, there was happiness all around, and everyone was looking forward to seeing Sunil make a quick recovery.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way, and last Thursday night (02), he had to be rushed to hospital, after experiencing some discomfort, and difficulty in breathing.
Sadly, Sunil Perera is no more in the land of the living and everyone is mourning his death.
In fact, Sunil hnd grandeur plans to celebrate The Gypsies 50th anniversary, this year, and we were planning to meet up to discuss details of the celebrations which was going to take the form of a mega concert, etc.
Sunil was outspoken and brave and brought into his songs a kind of novelty that everybody loved.
I believe his biggest hit was ‘Kurumitto.’ And his other fun songs included ‘Sudu None, ‘Lunu Dehi,’ ‘Ojaye,’ ‘Hina Hina,’’Piti Kotapan None,’ ‘ Linda Langa Sangamaya,’ ‘Uncle Johonson,’ and ‘Kottamali.’
The tributes that poured in, no sooner his death was announced, is a testimony to the popularity of this great performer…and human being.
He never owned a mobile phone, and preferred travelling by taxi, than having his own vehicle.
This is what some of the known personalities had to say about Sunil:
* Kirthie Abeywickreme:
Oh…very sad news. May his soul R.I.P
*Kevin Hingert (Genesis);
Yes shattering news, indeed. He will be missed forever. May his beautiful soul Rest In Peace
* Rohitha Jayalath (JAYASRI):
A true legend, Gypsies Sunil Ayya. Thanks for the inspiration. May his soul Rest In Peace.
* Sharmini Seneviratne:
What a legend we have lost. I had the privilege of designing some stage clothes for him, a few years back. My deepest sympathies to his wife, Ganga, and to his family
* John S Ross:
So sad. RIP, Legend. Far too many great musicians, in Sri Lanka, have passed away in the last two years.
* Trevine Rodrigo:
Shocked and saddened by the news. Legendary entertainer and all round nice guy. He will be remembered for more than his talent as a singer, entertainer and fantastic composer of some of Sri Lanka’s memorable songs. He has groomed and helped numerous musicians make the big time, including the late Ronnie Leitch. A very helpful, loveable man. May his soul rest in peace. Our condolences to his family.
* Raine Walles:
Very sorry to read this sad news. May his soul Rest In Peace. His music will live in the hearts of many forever
* Brad Stevens:
No, no, no, no, no, this is terrible news!
Eugene Cooke: Rest in peace, Brother
* Cherrie Chamari:
Very sad day…there won’t be any other like him. May his soul RIP.
* Nimal Jayamanne:
Omg! What a loss for the music industry of Sri Lanka! May his soul rest in peace.
* Robin Mendis:
This is sad news. RIP.
* Noeline Honter:
Dearest Sunil…He was a man with a heart of gold. His sad demise is a great and irreplaceable loss to Sri Lanka, the music and entertainment industry, and to me, personally. His kindness and generosity, and his love for people is legendary. May his soul rest in peace, safe in the arms of Jesus. My most heartfelt sympathies to his family
* Sohan Weerasinghe:
Goodbye Dearest Sunil. My heart is breaking. Am shattered and alone today….
* Chuti Padma:
Very, very sad news. RIP.
* Luckey Deva:
Our member, Legendary Sunil Perera, called Home for Eternal Rest. Thank you, Sunil, for the great music…entertaining the young and old….’In the sweet, by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore.’ May you rest in the arms of Lord Jesus.
* Des White:
Rest In Peace, Sunil. Amen.
* Brian Kerkoven:
Sad…may he RIP.
* SandraEsric Jackson (Esric & Replay 6):
So sad. He was a great man. May his soul Rest In Peace with God. Our sympathies to the family.
The last rites for Sunil was conducted at the Borella Crematorium, yesterday (06), at 6 pm.
Disclaimer: Golden era of The Gypsies is over The Singer and the Song gone silent…forever - Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Latheefarook.com point-of-view