It’s with a heavy heart that I report supermodel and actor Sam Sarpong has died of an apparent suicide.
Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, said Sarpong was found shortly after 3 p.m. Monday below the Colorado Street Bridge, known as a “suicide bridge.” He was 40.
Via USA Today:
Sarpong, who lived in Pasadena, was born in London and moved to the USA with his Ghana-born father when he was 11.
He appeared as an actor in scores of films, such as Anchor Baby and Love Don’t Cost a Thing, and also scores of TV series, such as Bones, 24, Cold Case, NCIS and ER.
His IMDb page reports he was filming a role in the upcoming FX series, American Crime Story, scheduled to air in 2016.
As a model for Tommy Hilfiger, he was the face of the brand for several years. He also modeled for designers such as Versace, Donna Karan, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.
He may have been best known as a co-host on MTV’s Yo Momma for three seasons alongside Wilmer Valderrama.
He won the MAA Fashion Award for Male Model of the Year, and twice was named by Today’s Black Woman magazine on their “Fifty Most Beautiful People” list.
Below is a statement from Sam’s publicist:
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.
We extend our deepest condolences to Sam’s family.
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