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Actor, model and former host of MTV‘s Yo Momma series Sam Sarpong is died at the age of 40. According to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, Sarpong committed suicide by flinging himself from a bridge known for such deaths.

Although initial reports from Deadline and other outlets didn’t name a cause of death, it was revealed in later developing reports that Sarpong was seen by a witness jumping from the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, Calif. Sarpong, the brother of British talk show Loose Women host June Sarpong, was found dead Monday (Oct. 26) afternoon.

From The Independent:

Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said the case was being investigated as a possible suicide but the cause of death would not be determined till the results of a toxicology test are released.

The British born actor and television personality moved to the US and forged a successful career as catwalk model, working for Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci and Versace and became Louis Vuitton’s first black male model.

He is most famous for his work hosting Yo Mamma, a youth comedy show which aired on MTV between 2006 and 2007.

Sarpong’s family has issued a public statement announcing that the death is currently being investigated and requesting that the media respect the family’s privacy.

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