Sonny Parsons, an actor and former member of the ’70s group Hagibis, died on Sunday, May 10. He was 61 years old.
Manuel Rigor, a member of the ‘70s disco group VST & Company, confirmed the news on Sunday afternoon. Rigor said Parsons was riding his big bike in Batangas on the way to Quezon Province when he had a heart attack.
“Ride free, Sonny Parsons. We had good, and bad times. Salamat sa mga alaala, lakay. You will be missed. So sad,” Rigor wrote in Facebook.
Parsons, born Jose Parsons Agliam Nabiula, was an actor, director, and one-time Marikina City councilor. Together with members Bernie Fineza, Mike Respall, Joji Garcia, and Mon Picazo, they founded the famed Manila sound group in the late 1970s to 1980s. Some of the group’s hit songs include Legs, Babae, Lalake, and Katawan.
One of his last performances with the group was at the Philippine Arena concert of Imelda Papin in 2019 and was supposedly set to tour Australia this year. He also appeared on TV in 2017 for the ABS-CBN series Ang Probinsyano as a guest cast.