So sad. Tommy Hilfiger model and ‘Yo Momma’ host died from an apparent suicide on Monday, Oct. 26, after allegedly jumping off a bridge, a shocking new report claims. He was just 40 years old. Find out all the details here.
Actor and model Sam Sarpong sadly passed away on Monday, Oct. 26, after allegedly jumping off a bridge, a new report claims. He was 40 at the time of his death.
A witness reportedly called police after seeing “a male adult was standing on the outside of the railing of the Colorado Bridge, Pasadena, CA. Numerous police officers and fire fighters responded and closed off the bridge and the area below the bridge from public access. The individual demonstrated suicidal tendencies and members of the Pasadena Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team responded and established dialog with the male, (40 years of age and Pasadena resident). While conversing with the individual, members of his family arrived and provided background regarding his emotional state. Tragically, after approximately seven hours of communication, the male jumped from the bridge into the Arroyo. He was pronounced deceased by Pasadena Fire Paramedics at 3:52 PM,” according to a news release given to HollywoodLife.com from the Pasadena Police Department.
“It is sad and troubling when an individual has become so despondent that he or she feels their only option is to end their life. These incidents can often have a significant impact on the victim’s loved ones, first responders, and the community as a whole. My prayers go out to the family,” Police Chief Phillip Sanchez also said in a statement.
Sam was a co-host on MTV’s Yo Momma with Wilmer Valderrama. He also modeled and served as the face of the Tommy Hilfiger brand for several years. Furthermore, he starred in several TV and film projects throughout his career, and has a minor role as a neighbor in FX’s new series, American Crime Story.
“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. … The family appreciates the thoughts and prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request that privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time,” Sam’s family said in a statement via his rep, according to Us Weekly.
Our thoughts go out to Sam’s friends and family during this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers