By Sam Reed (The Hollywood Reporter) – Actor and model Sam Sarpong Jr. died on Monday in Pasadena, Calif., of an apparent suicide, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The British-American TV personality, who co-hosted MTV’s Yo Mama for three seasons, was 40.
Us Weekly reports that a representative from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner – Coroner has confirmed that Sarpong died after jumping off a bridge.
Sarpong began his career as an editorial model, working for brands like Louis Vuitton and walking in shows for Versace, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. He was also the face of Tommy Hilfiger for over six seasons.
In addition to his hosting gig alongside Wilmer Valderamma for MTV, Sarpong also had guest roles in several TV shows as well as a few minor film roles, including a part in 2003’s Love Don’t Cost A Thing. Sarpong recently finished filming American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which premieres next year.
Sarpong’s rep provided the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
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. Information about final arrangements will be forthcoming. The family appreciates the thoughts prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time. Samuel Sarpong Jr. is survived by his father Samuel Sarpong Sr., and his sister June Sarpong. Sam Sarpong was 40 years old. Sam Passed away on Monday, October 27, 2015 at 3:50 p.m. in Pasadena Ca.
Sarpong is survived by his sister June Sarpong and his father Samuel Sarpong Sr.