Sam Sarpong, Former MTV Host, Dead at 40 of Apparent Suicide

by Desiree Murphy 9:59 AM PDT, October 29, 2015
Playing Sam Sarpong, Former MTV Host, Dead at 40 of Apparent Suicide

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.

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"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 don't even know what to say. RIP Bro. Sam Sarpong. #ripsamsarpong

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If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).