British-Ghanaian model and TV actor Sam Sarpong has died in Southern California after jumping from a bridge.
Sarpong, who was 40, died Monday afternoon in Pasadena, where he lived. The Los Angeles County coroner's office says the case is being investigated as a possible suicide. But the official cause of death must await results of toxicology testing.
Pasadena police say a 40-year-old man jumped from the Colorado Street Bridge following seven hours of attempts to talk him down.
Sarpong had a series of small roles in movies and TV shows, including "Bones" and "Boston Public" and co-hosted MTV's 2006 show, "Yo Momma." He also modeled for Tommy Hilfiger and other fashion brands.
His management company, Advanced Management, issued a statement earlier today which read: 'Devastated to hear that our friend and client @mrsamsarpong is no longer with us. Prayers and thoughts to the entire Sarpong family.'
Sarpong, the brother of popular British TV presenter June Sarpong, had been a sought after model and appeared in campaigns for Hilfiger as well as shows for top designers such as Gucci and Versace. He also made fashion history by becoming the first black male model to do a Luis Vuitton editorial campaign.
Sam later branched out into acting where he secured roles in television shows such as Veronica Mars and Bones. Friends described Sam as being 'the life of the party', someone who loved life and would face every day with 'a smile on his face.'
Sarpong moved to Los Angeles when he was 11 where he became a promising high school basketball star. When his ambitions of playing professional fizzled out, he turned to acting and modelling where he became the face of Tommy Hilfiger for six years. He also launched his own clothing line Future Stars, influenced by both British and Californian styles which reflect his dual citizen upbringing.