MTV host and Tommy Hilfiger model Sam Sarpong has tragically taken his own life aged just 40. The British-born star, who co-hosted MTV’s Yo Momma show alongside Wilmer Valderrama, leaped to his death from a bridge.
County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner confirmed the star had passed away yesterday in an apparent suicide attempt, according to US Weekly.
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.
The America-British later branched out into acting where he secured roles in television shows such as Veronica Mars and Bones.
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 had previously attributed his success to his Ghanaian father.
‘I went from barely being able to pay my bills to now being an international model,’ he told Black Hollywood Live in July 2013. ‘I made a lot of money early. Luckily I had my father to guide me.’
The supermodel and musician has appeared in more than sixty feature films such as Love Don’t Cost a Thing and No Weapons, for which he won best lead actor at the San Diego Film Festival.
He also had numerous television roles including Everybody Hates Chris, Cold Case, and a small upcoming role as a neighbor in FX’s American Crime Story.
Credit: Mail Online