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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — London-born model and TV actor Sam Sarpong has died in Southern California after jumping to his death from a bridge.

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Sam Sarpong arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater, in Los Angeles. The London-born model and TV actor Sarpong has died in Southern California after jumping to his death from a bridge. Sarpong, who was 40, died Monday afternoon, Oct. 26, 2015, in Pasadena, where he lived. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Sarpong, who was 40, died Monday afternoon in Pasadena, where he lived.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office says the case is being investigated as a possible suicide. But the official cause of death must await results of toxicology testing.

Pasadena police say a 40-year-old man jumped from the Colorado Street Bridge following seven hours of attempts to talk him down.

Sarpong had a series of small roles in movies and TV shows, including “Bones” and “Boston Public” and co-hosted MTV’s 2006 show, “Yo Momma.”

He also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger and other fashion brands.

Several celebrities took to social media to offer their condolences and personal memories shared.

 

 

He is survived by his father and his sister June Sarpong, an English TV presenter.

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5 thoughts on “Actor-Model Sam Sarpong Dies of Apparent Suicide

  1. May God bless his family who’s left behind to suffer for not understanding his pain or being able to help him through it. We as people can not judge someone’s breaking point regardless what we feel is wrong or right. May God bless and keep his family through this tragedy.

  2. I can’t imagine the level of loneliness and despair one would have to be feeling to want to leave the world by suicide. So, all I can say is I’m sorry and pray for his family and all who knew and loved him.

    • Miss UK on said:

      True indeed. I think those people who kill others and then themselves are, words fail me.
      Very sad, his family must be devastated. However, when someone is that depressed, there is nothing other people can do to prevent them from taking their own lives.
      What are the numbers of suicides now amongst black men?? here in the UK the number is sadly on the increase.
      His sister, June Sarpong is greatly respected here, very sad.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    “…seven hours of attempts to talk him down.” Suicide is contemplated when all hope is gone and the person sees no other alternatives. I think it’s cowardly, the people who love you the most are left to grieve and are the most effected. The real issue is people have taken their eyes of God and let the world be who they look to for answers, and humans will fail you every time. Time to do something different.

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