BET Awards All Access Host Sam Sarpong Dead At 40

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 10/29/2015 | 10:30 AM EDT

Model/actor died after falling from a bridge in southern California

Sam Sarpong, best known for hosting the BET Awards All Access pre-show and MTV's "Yo Momma," died Monday of an apparent suicide. He was 40.

The model/actor died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, California. Police reportedly spent seven hours trying to talk Sarpong down from the ledge.

His sister, TV star June Sarpong, spoke out about her brother's death, saying his passing "is a loss for the world." She added, "I love my brother very much. Sam was an amazing human being. I'd ask anyone who is going through tough times to seek help. Please talk to someone. My family and I are in a state of shock, please allow us to grieve in private. Thank you for all your messages of condolence."

Sarpong was born in London and moved to Los Angeles with his father when he was 11 years old. His modeling work included gigs with Tommy Hilfiger, Versace, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Donna Karen.

Sarpong also appeared on a number of television shows including "Family Matters," "Pacific Blue," Everybody Hates Chris" and more, as well as films such as Carmen: The Hip Hopera and Love Don't Cost a Thing.


(Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for BET)

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