General Secretary of the Lanka Samasamaja Party and former Parliamentarian Wimalasiri de Mel passed away yesterday. His remains are lying at the LSSP Headquarters at Union Place in Colombo.
The body is expected to be handed over to the University of Indigenous Medicine in Rajagiriya. He was admitted to the hospital following a sudden heart attack, suffered during a conference at the party headquarters yesterday. He was a stalwart in the left movement in the country.
He tirelessly worked to protect the rights of the working people. A father of one, he was 81 years at the time of his demise. Minister Prof. Tissa Vitharana was amongst a large number of people who paid their last respect to the departed leader at his residence in Moratuwa last night.