Sam Sarpong, best known for co-hosting MTV's Yo Momma with Wilmer Valderrama and modeling for Tommy Hilfiger, died on Monday from an apparent suicide, ET has confirmed. He was 40.
Sarpong was pronounced dead at 3:52 p.m. on Monday in Pasadena, California. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, he died after jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge. A final cause of death is being investigated, pending toxicology reports.
"It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong, Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away," his family said in a statement to ET. "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."
Sarpong was born in London, England, and moved to Los Angeles when he was 11 years old. In addition to his career in hosting and modeling, he was also an actor and producer, appearing in My So-Called Life, Veronica Mars, Everybody Hates Chris, Bones, 24, and Love Don't Cost a Thing. He is also set to appear in an episode of FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson next year.
He is survived by his father, Samuel Sarpong Sr., and his sister, June Sarpong, an English TV presenter.
Friends, family and fans took to Twitter on Monday to remember Sarpong.
I am so sad & so confused.. Sam did it all, believed in dreaming bigger than anyone around him.. We made memories together that will last us forever, thank you for sharing your talent with me and the world.. You were a light everywhere you went and I couldn't be more proud of the journey you traveled.. You just left us too early Sam.. We will miss you and pray for you.. Once again thank you for all those years you dedicated to our show, we couldn't have done it without you! Find your peace my brother! And to everyone in a dark place.. PLEASE, please talk to someone.. Anyone.. Trust me that we WILL listen.. You are not alone, there are so many people that feel the same darkness, let's help one another, let us shine hope on all those that need our understanding!! Reach out to someone and make your first step towards living a life you deserve. My prayers and heart are with family and friends that were blessed to know his beautiful soul #RIPSamSarpong
Sam Sarpong...beautiful cat, who i loved dearly. 1 of the REAL brothers in this business & in my life....shared the screen with me in my very first film, #SuckerFreeCity directed by @SpikeLee. We lost sam tuesday (day of mar, day of battle). My heart is with sister, June. The world lost a special one & i am blue......
Been a somber day 😔 I never saw @mrsamsarpong bitter. He was always positive and he was always fly 😎 Sadly, here in L.A. those are often signs someone is hurting inside. Gonna miss you, man 🙏🏽Certain ppl in L.A. you just LOVE running into. They remind you instantly life is about community. I feel old when I think how long it had been since I passed you the rock for a 3-pointer up top. To my dear friend and colleague and fellow father @wesleyjonathan who phoned me this morning I say let's start the #iGiveAFuck movement. Nobody cares is a phrase used far too often these days. It's both manly and human to admit that you care and avail ourselves to help friends like Sam know he could have called any of us at any time to talk shit out and show him a brighter tomorrow ☀️ #RIPSamSarpong #eleague #frat #brotherhood Say an honest I Love You to someone who needs to hear it tonight.
Rip to my friend Sam Sarpong you will be missed. See you when I get there, tell my mom & dad hi for me pls. I luv u bro forever 😢— Jordan 'Flash' Rose (@Chillie_Mo) October 28, 2015
You never really know what someone else is going through, or how much they're hurting inside. Just awful news https://t.co/wcJ8mHxlH6— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) October 29, 2015
RIP #SamSarpong. Such an amazing genuinely great person . Gone way too soon. horrible news.— Don Benjamin (@ItsDonBenjamin) October 29, 2015
R.I.P Sam Sarpong. You will be missed Homie! pic.twitter.com/SVNoIDJnsl— Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) October 29, 2015
Sam Sarpong was one of the sweetest humans I ever knew and I am very saddened by his death. I will always remember his smile and his warmth— elan gale (@theyearofelan) October 28, 2015
So saddened by the news that Sam Sarpong has graduated from this life, I'm glad that last time I saw him, we hugged. 💔— Aida Rodriguez (@FunnyAida) October 28, 2015
Rest in peace angel. Sam Sarpong pic.twitter.com/V35GiCJDSj— DREW SIDORA (@DREWSIDORA) October 28, 2015
If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).