London-born model and TV actor Sam Sarpong died at the age of 40, after jumping from a bridge in Pasadena, California. Pasadena police say the actor jumped from the Colorado Street Bridge following seven hours of attempts to talk him down.

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.

Sarpong was the face of Tommy Hilfiger for 6 years, and also worked with fashion brands such as Donna Karan, Versace and Dolce & Gabanna. Sarpong parlayed his modeling career into acting and starred in shows  including “Bones” and “Boston Public” and co-hosted MTV’s 2006 show, “Yo Momma.”

He is survived by his father and his sister June Sarpong, an English TV host.


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