Sam Sarpong, former model and MTV co-host, dies at 40


( CNN) Samuel Sarpong Jr ., a former co-host of MTV’s “Yo Momma” and model, succumbed Monday after jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner said. He was 40.

According to a statement from the Pasadena Police Department, a witness reported seeing a human standing on the outside of the railing of the Colorado Bridge on Monday morning. Policeman responded to the scene and closed the area off.

While police were talking to Sarpong members of his family arrived, police said, and provided information on his emotional state to the authorities.

“Tragically, after approximately seven hours of communication, the male jumped from the bridge into the Arroyo, ” the statement read. “He was pronounced deceased by Pasadena Fire Paramedics at 3:52 PM.”

Ed Winter, deputy chief of investigations for the LA County Coroner, said the final cause of death is pending toxicology reports.


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