Sonny Parsons of Hagibis dies of heart attack

PHOTOS: Sonny Parsons, Hagibis

PHOTOS: Sonny Parsons, Hagibis

Jose Parsons Agliam Nabiula, Jr., or more popularly known as Sonny Parsons passes on today, May 10, due to heart attack. He was 61.

Sonny Parsons was the frontman of the iconic Original Pilipino Music (OPM) singing group, Hagibis, the Pinoy counterpart of the Village People. 

The singer-actor and former politician (he served as city councilor in Marikina) was reportedly riding his big bike in Batangas when he suffered from heart attack that resulted to his early demise. 

The late OPM icon became popular in the late 70’s through the all-male sing-and-dance group Hagibis where he was a former member, together with Bernie Fineza, Mike Respall, Joji Garcia and Mon Picazo. The group popularized the songs "Legs", "Babae", and "Katawan" which was used as the theme song of the ABS-CBN popular sitcom "Palibhasa Lalaki."

When the Hagibis disbanded in the ‘80s, Sonny Parsons became an action star in movies such as "Legs Katawan Babae" with his Hagibis co-members, "UZI Brother 9mm." with Ronnie Rickets among others.

In 1997, he produced, directed and starred in the movie "Bala Para Sa Katarungan" with Elizabeth Oropesa and Joanne Quintas.

He also appeared in several TV shows including in an episode of GMA-7’s  Magpakailanman that featured his life’s story. The episode, called, “Hinagpis ng Kamatayan (The Sonny Parsons Story)” aired in 2003.

His was last seen on TV in 2017 through the Kapamilya top-rated action-drama series FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

At this moment, messages of love, condolences, and eulogy from his friends and fans are starting to pour in on social media.

 

Another Legend of OPM's Pinoy Discorama... REST IN PEACE Senyor Sonny Parsons of HAGIBIS. Ride to paradise my friend 🙏

Posted by Vivian Velez on Sunday, May 10, 2020
 

Ride free, Sonny Parsons. We had good, and bad times. Salamat sa mga alaala, lakay. You will be missed. So sad.

Posted by Manuel Rigor on Sunday, May 10, 2020


 

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