MTV Star And Model Sam Sarpong Dies At The Age Of 40 From Apparent Suicide
Sam Sarpong, a British-American model and the former co-host of MTV’s Yo Momma, has died at the age of 40. According to reports, he passed away after jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif.
According to USA Today, a witness called law enforcement on Monday to report seeing Sarpong standing on the railing. Officials communicated with him for hours but Sarpong eventually jumped. His body was found on Monday underneath the bridge, an elevated structure known to those in the area as “suicide bridge.”
Sarpong’s family issued a statement through his rep thanking his fans and followers for their support. The announcement had come before more details surrounding his death were made known by police:
“It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away. The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time. … The famikly [sic] appreciates the thoughts and prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request that privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.”
Sarpong resided in Pasadena but was born in London. He moved to the U.S. with his Ghanian father at the age of 11. Sarpong has had roles in films like Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and TV shows like Bones, ER, Veronica Mars and 24.
Sarpong was also the co-host of MTV’s hit show Yo Momma for two seasons and was the face of Tommy Hilfiger for several years. Around the time of his death, Sarpong was shooting scenes for FX’s new crime drama, American Crime. He is survived by his father, Samuel Sarpong Sr., and TV host sister, June.
Speaking on her brother’s passing, June said, “I love my brother very much. Sam was an amazing human being. His passing is a loss for the world. I’d ask anyone who is going through tough times to seek help. Please talk to someone.”