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 Post subject: Death of renowned acupuncturist Professor Anton Jayasuriya
 Post Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 4:08 pm 
Private funeral for renowned acupuncturist

by Harischandra Gunaratna / The Island

The last rites of internationally renowned acupuncturist Professor Anton Jayasuriya were performed at a private funeral, in keeping with his last wishes at the General Cemetery , Kanatte around 2 p.m. yesterday.

According to reliable sources one of his close associates Dr. Angelika, a German national, who had been assisting him in his acupuncture practice for a long time, had found him dead in his Wellawatte residence, at International Buddhist Centre Road around 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Although arrangements were made to have his funeral the same morning, according to his last wishes, at the Nedimale Cemetery, it had to be postponed after an anonymous caller informed the police headquarters that there were suspicions over Dr. Jayasuriyas death.

After the Mt. Lavinia Magistrate visited the deceased’s residence, where the body was lying, she ordered a post Morton. The Assistant Judicial Medical Officer of the Colombo South Hospital, who performed the autopsy returned a verdict of death due to cardiac arrest.

Wellawatte police said later a motion was filed and permission was sought to shift the venue of the funeral from Nedimale Cemetery to the General Cemetery, Kanatte.

Prof Jayasuriya was in his mid seventies at the time of his death.

Among the mourners who turned up at his residence were many patients whom he had cured free of charge.

Although Prof Jayassuriya was no more, his pupils, who had passed out as doctors, were already taking care of his patients.

.According to his pupils, who had gathered at his residence, around 50,000 foreigners visited Sri Lanka annually seeking treatment from the late Professor and they were treated free of charge.

He was honoured by numerous countries for the services he had rendered in the field of medicine through Alternative Medicina.

The Alternative Medicina World Congress was held annually in Sri Lanka where a large number of renowned international acupuncturists, participated bringing a lot of exposure to the country.

Prof Jayasuriya was a collector of vintage cars and he was the proud owner of three Rolls Royce limousines.

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