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Sam Sarpong

Sam Sarpong, a supermodel and former host of MTV's "Yo Momma," has died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, California, according to USA Today. He was 40.

Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, said Sarpong was found shortly after 3 p.m. 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.


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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 numerous films, such as "Love Don't Cost a Thing," and also many TV series, such as "Bones," "24," "Cold Case," "NCIS" and "ER."

His IMDB page reports he was filming a role on 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 MTV’s "Yo Momma" for three seasons, alongside Wilmer Valderrama.

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