Jackson Anthony, a revered Sri Lankan actor, breathed his last on October 9, 2023, at the age of 65. Renowned for his contributions to Sri Lankan cinema, theater, and television, he clinched the national award for Best Actor an astonishing sixteen times. Beyond acting, his talents spanned various domains, as he dabbled in directing, producing, singing, screenwriting, television hosting, novel writing, columnism, lyricism, history, and globetrotting.
Born on July 8, 1958, as Conganige Joseph Malsi Jackson Anthony, he pursued his education at Galahitiyawa Central College and the University of Colombo. His illustrious acting journey commenced in 1980, during which he graced the screens and stages in over 100 films and teledramas. Notable among his works are classics like “Sooriya Arana,” “Aba,” “Agnidahaya,” “Siri Medura,” “Doo Daruwo,” and “Sakman Maluwa.”
Jackson’s wife Kumari Munasinghe, herself an accomplished actress and singer. Together, they nurtured a family of three children – Madhavee Wathsala, Akila Dhanuddara, and Sajitha Anuththara – all of whom ventured into the captivating world of entertainment.
Jackson Anthony Cause of Death
Tragedy struck on July 2, 2022, when the vehicle carrying Jackson Anthony and two companions encountered a wild elephant near Thalawa while returning to Colombo after a film shoot at Haththikuchchi Viharaya in Galgamuwa. The collision wreaked havoc on the vehicle, and the wild elephant is believed to have sustained severe injuries in the process.
Jackson Anthony and his younger brother, Saman Anthony, suffered grave injuries and were rushed to Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital. Subsequently, Jackson Anthony underwent an arduous seven-hour surgery in the intensive care unit of Colombo National Hospital.
A year-long battle for recovery ensued as Jackson Anthony remained hospitalized. Unfortunately, on October 9, 2023, at the age of 65, he succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment in the ICU of Colombo National Hospital.
The exact cause of Jackson Anthony death remains unconfirmed, with some reports hinting at natural causes or complications stemming from the accident.
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