(July 13, 1947 - July 4, 1977) Sri Lanka
Friend of Sir Clarke
Leslie Ekanayake was born in Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka. He became the lover of the
science fiction author Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 - 2008).
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke called Leslie Ekanayake his "only perfect friend of a lifetime", in the dedication to his novel The Fountains of Paradise . Full dedication reads:
"To the still unfading memory of LESLIE EKANAYAKE (13 JuIy 1947 - 4 July 1977) only perfect friend of a lifetime, in whom were uniquely combined Loyalty, Intelligence and Compassion. When your radiant and loving spirit vanished from this world, the light went out of many lives."
Leslie Ekanayake died in Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, for a motorcycle accident. It happened just 9 days prior to his 30th birthday.
Clarke is buried with Ekanayake, who predeceased him by three decades, in Colombo's central cemetery.
Source: https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/ et alii