A veteran Catholic singer, Ivor Sylvester Sunil Perera, 68, passed away while receiving treatment for the coronavirus on Sept. 6. Perera had tested positive for Covid-19 last month but was discharged after he recovered. He is believed to have died of Covid-related complications. Born on Sept. 14, 1952, Perara studied at St. Sebastian's College in Moratuwa and St. Peter's College in Colombo. He joined the Gypsies, a popular band started by his father, in 1969.
Perera played a revolutionary role in group music in Sri Lanka for over five decades and wrote many popular songs.