Sonny San, fashion designer, dies at 54
Tributes are pouring in from fashion designers and celebrities in Malaysia
Malaysian fashion designer Sonny San passed away yesterday from a heart attack. He was 54 years old. San, best known for helming ready-to-wear luxury label Eclipse which he founded in 1996, is considered one of the pioneers in the nation's fashion industry. He had just shown his latest collection at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week in August.
Celebrities and San's fellow fashion designers have written tributes on social media, praising him for his talent, kindness and humility.
Gone too soon. Rest In Peace in our loving memory, the one and only- Sonny Son. https://t.co/ottalydRiy— Shir Chong (@ShirChong) October 16, 2016
RIP Sonny San. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world— J͙J͙ (@JJ_on_air) October 16, 2016
Utterly shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of one of my favorite local designer @sonnysan. He was always so full of life, always with a big, genuine smile, always had kind things to say about everyone, and had an impeccable taste and style. He always had time to grab a quick chat whenever we're fortunate enough to meet. And he'd know exactly what suits me and my style and I know I'd always find something I like from his collection. He will be dearly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.😢 My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. #sonnysan #restinpeace
Gone too soon my dear friend Sonny. How I feared you as a teen model doing your shows and how much we all love you. The little things you did for everyone regardless of who they were. Even helped me find my size labels for my dresses when I was stuck recently. How trivial it seems now. The fashion world will miss you, but mostly we will miss your bright shining light. May you rest in godly peace, good soul. Heartfelt condolences to your family + your larger extended family of all of us. #sonnysan #pioneerdesigner
Today I received really sad news that Sonny San passed away. I never got the chance to be close to him but it always put a smile on my face to open Instagram to a lovely comment from him like the one just this morning. Seeing him at events with that playful boyish smile he would give me and never failing to come up and say hello and have a chat, it always made me feel warm inside. Not many ppl we meet nowadays are genuine in friendship and kindness but even though I didn't know you as well as I would have loved to, I knew always that you were one of those special ones. I am deeply saddened and wish I could have had a closer friendship with you that I know many had the honour of having. Rest in peace dear Sonny and maybe I will have the chance to have that friendship with you on the other side when the time comes. #RIP #SonnySan
My dearest @sonnysan I hope you can see this in instagram heaven. You have been an incredible influence in my life when I started as a model way back when. We became fast friends, both hard working Capricorns. You advised me, got me involved in your campaigns and brand, took my hand and talked me through rough patches, approved of and grew to love Nick, believed in me and my work, always so supportive, made not 1 but 2 wedding gowns for me and made my bridesmaids dresses. You were one of the first people I told when I was pregnant and you said, my goodness Elaine, now your life is all complete. You were one of the only few visitors I allowed to come visit in hospital and you held 1 day old baby Eva although you were so nervous. You made me feel good about myself and always called me a superwoman who could do anything. Thank you for having so much faith in me and allowing me to be part of your wonderful 'lived to the fullest life' I will miss you my dear friend. Wish this was all a dream and I'll wake up running down to fitness first and see you there. I will see you one day. Till then enjoy Heaven. p.s I love you Sonny. You were my mentor and my friend. So positive and full of zest. I shall always remember your words to me "Life is short babe, must always be happy" #sonnysan #legend
We are deeply saddened by the news of Sonny San. A big brother who passed away this morning from a heart attack. One of the very first judges at the beginning of Melinda Looi career who then became a guru, an idol and one close to the heart. Thank you for always showing us your support and giving great advices. Rest in peace Sonny and thank you again for sharing with us a secret recipe to continue on in this industry by always being happy and positive. Our deepest and sincere condolences to his family and loved ones ❤️#condolences #sonnysan #restinpeace
A big lost to the malaysia's fashion industry. Such a great fashion designer that inspired many, including myself. It is a heartbreaking to received such a sad news that Sonny San had to leave us all. Rest in piece sir, you will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to the family @sonnysan #ripsonnysan #sonnysan
The Tarik team is devastated to learn about the passing of Sonny San, the 'Tai kor' of Malaysian fashion due to heart attack yesterday. Sonny's legacy lives on and he will always remain an inspiration to many of us. We are glad that he managed to attend our debut show at KLFW this year and sang praises about it. He is a true Anak Liar! We salute you and RIP! #tarikjeans #madeinmalaya #sonnysan #anakliar
Someone who truly lived,loved and left.Too soon.A genuine and good soul. Was a pleasure knowing and working with you @sonnysan. Thank you for trusting us #ananthantwins to carry your brand @eclipsebysonnysan internationally. You could always tell us apart by our noses😉 You are dearly missed my friend. Holding you in thoughts and prayers #RIP p.s Thank you @andrewkhoo for capturing this beautiful BTS moment #FW2015eclipsebysonnysan #sonnysan
We have all received a very sad and shocking news today. RIP #SonnySan You are missed dearly by many!!! I will always remember you as the encouraging big brother who is fun-loving, warm, kind & easy going... Heartfelt prayers & thoughts towards your loved ones! 🙏🏻 #rip #talentedfriend #designer #sad #toosudden #shocked
This morning when I got the whatssap message from Mel I thought I read it wrongly. How can you accept such news.. This pic was taken 2 weeks ago filled with love and laughter. Only now we know it was our last long island tea together.. Being a fashion student in the nineties and now designer, Sonny or Abang (as what I usually call him) was a fashion superstar, Ready-To-Wear King and mentor we all look up to as student and also designer. Few years ago on a Friday night after MODA event, I was literally flat on the floor, both Sonny and Walter took good care of me and make sure I was safe and taken care off. The next day, we started the Saturday with a healthy breakfast on his dining table and I got the chance to spend the day with them and I will always remember how inspiring it was to know you could be successful doing what you love and happy when you do it right and from the heart. He told me about being a strong capricorn. To treat people with kindness. He gave words of wisdom on having a strong DNA, being happy in life and always have respect in what we do. We took a drive with the San Lo kids to Jalan Gurney on the way to send me home, he happily explained the history of the old houses, the story of the streets and about his family during pre - war. This day will always be in my heart. Constanly positive and a smile on his face, he is never tired of warm hugs and kisses. I am deeply affected by this and we all miss you so much. Abang the party will go on with you in our hearts. Goodbye and rest well #sonnysan #rip
Rest in peace, Sonny.