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    Default Supermodel-actor Sam Sarpong dies jumping from bridge

    Supermodel-actor Sam Sarpong dies jumping from bridge

    USA Today
    Maria Puente 1 hour ago

    © Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET Actor Sam Sarpong speaks onstage during the BET AWARDS

    Sam Sarpong, a supermodel and former host of MTV's Yo Momma, has died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, Calif. He was 40.

    Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, said Sarpong was found shortly after 3 pm Monday below the Colorado Street Bridge, known as a "suicide bridge."

    Winter said a witness saw Sarpong leap from the bridge.

    A final cause of death is pending toxicology reports, Winter said.

    He is survived by his sister, British TV presenter June Sarpong.

    Sarpong, who lived in Pasadena, was born in London and moved to the USA with his Ghana-born father when he was 11.

    He appeared as an actor in scores of films, such as Anchor Baby and Love Don't Cost a Thing, and also scores of TV series, such as Bones, 24, Cold Case, NCIS and ER.

    His IMDb page reports he was filming a role in the upcoming FX series, American Crime Story, scheduled to air in 2016.

    As a model for Tommy Hilfiger, he was the face of the brand for several years. He also modeled for designers such as Versace, Donna Karan, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

    He may have been best known as a co-host on MTVís o Momma for three seasons alongside Wilmer Valderrama.

    He won the MAA Fashion Award for Male Model of the Year, and twice was named by Today's Black Woman magazine on their "Fifty Most Beautiful People" list.

    Mournful posts on social media quickly appeared as the news spread.

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    How sad.
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    I know we love to praise the dead but ummmmm a super model is terribly generous??? YASS??

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    Wow, June Sarpong. That's a name I haven't seen in a while.

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