KUALA LUMPUR: Fashion designer Sonny San has died of a heart attack, leading to tributes from Malaysian designers and celebrities stunned by his sudden death.
The 54-year-old San, who is known for his ready-to-wear label Eclipse, was one of the pioneers in Malaysian fashion.
He died yesterday morning.
“I have known Sonny since I was 18. We always had something to chat about when we met at events. He loved travelling, and to us, he will always be young, fit and good looking,” said model and actress Bernie Chan.
For fashion designers Melinda Looi and Khoon Hooi, their grief was beyond words.
“He was such an amazing, crazy and wonderful man. He really lived his life.
“He always had good things to say about others around him, and was ready with advice for those needing it,” said actor Edwin Sumun.
Eclipse, founded in 1996 by San, made its mark in the world of fashion with a wave of international expansion.