'Sri Lanka Mirror' contacted his wife - Mrs. Prema Alwis after a photo of Mr. Piyakaru seeking funds in the streets made rounds on social media recently.
We learnt that he had bid adieu to his acting career around a year ago due to his illness and is currently in Mihintale, seeking aid.
Mrs. Prema also said that they were forced to do this as their only means of income came from her husband's career as an actor.
Kopi Kade is touted as the longest running teledrama in South Asia and Mr. Piyakaru has been appearing as 'Kurun Gurun' for 32 years in the teledrama.
Mrs. Prema further said that any kind hearted persons can donate to this cause as follows :
Name : K.A. Piyakaru
A/C No : 20 820 018 005 874 , People's Bank, Battaramulla branch