Samuel Sarpong, Former MTV Host and Model, Dies of Apparent Suicide at 40

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Sam Sarpong Dies: MTV’s ‘Yo Momma’ Co-Host Was 40.

UPDATE: Ed Winter, spokesperson for the County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner – Coroner, confirms to Us that Sarpong died on Monday after jumping off a bridge. “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 via his rep. “The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time. …

Actor, producer, writer and model Sam Sarpong, who co-hosted MTV’s Yo Momma, died Monday in Pasadena, CA, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed. The famikly appreciates the thoughts and prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request that privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.” According to a news release from the Pasadena Police Department, a witness called law enforcement on Monday morning after seeing a man standing outside of the bridge railing. He would go on to book modeling work, including being the face of Tommy Hilfiger for six years, as well as walking runways for Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karen. His big TV break, however, came in 2006, when MTV cast him as one of its co-hosts for “Yo Momma.” Sarpong and Valderrama traveled across the country for three seasons to find the best trash talkers.

After the show ended in 2007, Sarpong hosted BET pre-awards show “All Access.” His other TV credits include “Pacific Blue,” “Family Matters,” “ER,” “Boston Public,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Veronica Mars,” “Bones” and “24.” He also had a role in FX’s heavily buzzed “American Crime Story: The People v. Luckily I had my father to guide me.” The Brit had 76 credits to his name, and had a minor role as a neighbor in the upcoming FX event series American Crime Story.

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