Veteran singer and musician Neela Wickramasinghe has died at the age of 71 following a sudden heart ailment.
Her death occurred in Milan, Italy, where she assumed duties as Sri Lanka’s consul-general only on 10 January, confirmed singer Keerthi Pasquel.
She sang her first song for the then Radio Ceylon in 1959 for a programme called 'Amateur voice.'
With a career spanning more than 55 years, she sung in 67 films as a playback singer and contributed to hundreds of songs.
She won three Sarasavi awards for the best female playback singer.