Sam Sarpong, co-host of MTV's 'Yo Momma,' dies at 40

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Sam Sarpong, Brother of June Sarpong Has Passed Away, Aged 40

By ALEX STEDMAN, Variety

Actor and model Sam Sarpong, known for co-hosting MTV's "Yo Momma" with Wilmer Valderrama, died Monday, his rep confirmed. He was 40.

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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)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 29: Actor Sam Sarpong attends the 2012 BET Awards 'Welcome Party' at the SLS Hotel on June 29, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images For BET)
Be Katz, Sam Sarpong during 'Nailed' Los Angeles Premiere at Westwood Majestic Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
CANOGA PARK, CA - JUNE 13: Actor Sam Sarpong arrived at the EZ Way Broadcasting And Radz Records Host Viva Doll 'Club Viva Tour' Single Release Event At Rumba Studios on June 13, 2015 in Canoga Park, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actor Sam Sarpong and singer Marsha Ambrosius attend the Music Matters Interviews during the 2013 BET Experience at L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actor Sam Sarpong (L) and musician Ice Prince speak onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Gymnast Gabby Douglas and personality Sam Sarpong arrive for the 6th Annual Diamond In The RAW -Action Icon Awards held at Skirball Cultural Center on November 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Personality Sam Sarpong arrives for the 6th Annual Diamond In The RAW -Action Icon Awards held at Skirball Cultural Center on November 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
CITY OF COMMERCE, CA - AUGUST 09: (L-R) Actor Sam Sarpong, actress Michelle Kanan, Bamma USA CEO Brett Roberts and actor Danny Trejo attend Bamma USA presents Badbeat 10 at Commerce Casino on August 9, 2013 in City of Commerce, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - AUGUST 14: DJ Brynn Taylor and actor Sam Sarpong attend the Project Save Our Surf charity event and 'Taken' perfume launch at Palmetto on August 14, 2012 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
Sam Sarpong and Garry Marshall during 'Keeping Up With the Steins' Los Angeles Premiere - After Party at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 15: Actor Sam Sarpong poses during the 10th Annual Multicultural Prism Awards cocktail party at the Universal City Hilton Hotel on December 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Sam Sarpong and Nzinga Blake during Mercedes-Benz Fall 2005 L.A. Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios - Day 3 - Arrivals at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Actor Sam Sarpong attends the Rock The Vote event at the Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. Lot on September 29, 2004 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'Adios' - Airdate: September 29, 1998. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) STEFFON SAM JR.;SAM SARPONG;RICHARD KARN;TIM ALLEN;DEBBE DUNNING
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) MALIBU, CA - MAY 24: Charles Porter and Sam Sarpong attend Nivea and Shay Todd's 'Bikini Bash' at Nivea Beach House on May 24, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage for PMK)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 05: Sam Sarpong attends the ENAW 24th National Convention - LA2015 at Westin Los Angeles Airport on September 5, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
Sam Sarpong during 2007 Silver Spoon MTV Movie Awards Gifting Suite - Day 1 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/WireImage for Silver Spoon (formerly The Cabana))
Sam Sarpong and Garry Marshall during 'Keeping Up With the Steins' Los Angeles Premiere - After Party at Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Actors Lauren Pennington, Sam Sarpong and Shanell Mondane seen at 2013 Men's Style Fashion Awards honoring Sam Sarpong "Star of The Year" at Fatty's Bar and Restaurant on Saturday, Dec.21, 2013, in West Hollywood. California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP)
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Sarpong died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, Calif., according to E! News. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled his death a suicide, with an autopsy pending.

"It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong, Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away," said his publicist in a statement. "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] had a pure heart and always went out of his way to help others," his rep, J.D. Sobol, told Variety. "We will all miss him dearly."

The British-American star was born in London and moved to Los Angeles with his father when he was 11. 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.

Sarpong's first onscreen role came in an episode of Claire Danes' "My So-Called Life" in 1994. His big TV break, however came in 2006, when MTV cast him as one of its co-host 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 also 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. O.J. Simpson," which is set to debut next year.

He also appeared in films "Carmen: The Hip Hopera," "Love Don't Cost a Thing" and "Anchor Baby."

Sarpong is survived by his father, Samuel Sarpong Sr., and his sister, June.

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