Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera has passed away while being treated for COVID-19 infection at a private hospital in Colombo.
The former Finance Minister had been 65 years old at the time of his passing.
According to hospital sources, Mangala was receiving care in the intensive care unit for several days and was responding well.
However he suffered a cardiac arrest on Monday night and suffered another cardiac arrest on Tuesday morning. He was put on the ventilator but succumbed to the virus.
Mangala Pinsiri Samaraweera, born in 1956, was a veteran politician who served under several governments and had held many top offices during his political life.
He has served as the Minister of Finance from 2017 to 2019 and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for two terms from 2005 to 2007 and 2015 to 2017.