Sam Sarpong: His Heartbreaking 7 Hour Standoff With Police & Family Before Suicide

The sudden loss of actor Sam Sarpong to suicide is extremely shocking, but a detail of his death makes it even more heartbreaking. Before Sam jumped to his death, authorities and family members reportedly attempted to talk him down for seven hours. Model and former Yo Momma host Sam Sarpong tragically committed suicide on Oct. 26 by jumping off of the Colorado Bridge in Pasadena, Calif at the young age of 40. While this is super sad as it is, a press release from the Pasadena Police Department revealed that it wasn't an abrupt suicide. Sam communicated with law enforcement and some of his family members for about seven hours before he decided to end his life. Get details below.

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Authorities arrived to the scene of Sam’s suicide after a witness reportedly called police when they saw Sam “standing on the outside of the railing of the Colorado Bridge,” according to a news release given to HollywoodLife.com from the Pasadena Police Department. The release said that several police officers and fire fighters responded to the call, closing off the bridge as well as the area below it.  Included in this team of responders were members of the Pasadena Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team, who were able to establish dialog with the Sam. As they talked with Sam, members of his family also showed up. Unfortunately, the release said that even after “approximately seven hours of communication,” Sam ultimately jumped to his death.

After jumping, Sam was sadly pronounced dead by Pasadena Fire Paramedics at 3:52 PM, according to the release. While it also mentioned that Sam “demonstrated suicidal tendencies,” it’s never easy to see someone end their life — especially someone of Sam’s status. He co-hosted MTV’s Yo Momma with Wilmer Valderrama, but had plenty of acting credits to his name. He was also a model and acted as the face of the Tommy Hilfiger brand for several years.

“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 added in a statement following Sam’s death.

No additional details have been released regarding Sam’s death or the circumstances surrounding it, Us Weekly reports from a statement from Sam’s family. In the meantime, our hearts go out to Sam’s family and friends.

HollywoodLifers, send your thoughts to Sam’s family and friends during this difficult time.

— Taylor Weatherby

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