British-born Sam Sarpong noted for his work with MTV’s Yo Momma sadly took his life last Monday by jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, California.
In a report from US Weekly, the County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner ruled out the 40-year-old star’s his as suicide with toxicology reports still pending.
“The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time. … The family appreciates the thoughts and prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request that privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.” the statement said.
Sarpong was reported by a witness to the Pasadena Police Department as the unidentified man dangerously standing outside the railing of the Colorado Street Bridge. Law enforcement officers and firefighters corresponded with the model, imploring him to retreat to safety for his own sake to the other side of the bridge railing. Heartbreakingly, he jumped to this death shortly before 3 p.m. on a public structure infamously known as “suicide bridge.”
Sarpong became a sought-after model soon after he moved to Los Angeles when he was 11 years of age as reported by Variety.
His representative, J.D. Sobol revealed that “[Sarpong] had a pure heart and always went out of his way to help others. We will all miss him dearly.”
Sarpong represented Tommy Hilfiger for six years along with other modeling stints for Gucci, Donna Karen and Dolce & Gabbana. He also ventured into the clothing business by starting his own Future Stars Collection.
Sarpong was part of MTV’s Yo Mamma which he co-hosted with Wilmer Valderamma from 2006 -2007.
Valderrama was quoted in E! Online saying: “We made memories together that will last us forever, thank you for sharing your talent with me and the world. Find your peace my brother!”
His first appearance in the small screen was with Claire Danes in “My So-Called Life” in 1994. His other tv credits included “Pacific Blue,” “Family Matters,” “ER,” “Boston Public,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Veronica Mars,” “Bones” and “24.”.
Sarpong is survived by his sister, British television presenter June Sarpong.
Photo Source: Facebook/Sam Sarpong