'His passing is a loss for the world' - TV star June Sarpong pays tribute to brother Sam who died after falling from bridge in California
The brother of Loose Women star June Sarpong was based in California and starred in MTV's Yo Momma
Published 29/10/2015 | 08:33
Former MTV star June Sarpong has paid tribute to her brother, Sam, who died after jumping off a bridge in America.
The statement from the TV star read: "I love my brother very much. Sam was an amazing human being. His passing is a loss for the world."
Model and MTV star Sam Sarpong died on Monday after falling from a bridge in southern California.
Police in Pasadena spent seven hours attempting to talk the 40-year-old star down from the ledge.
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 succesful career as catwalk model, working for Tommy Hilfiger, Gucci and Versace and became Louis Vuitton’s first black male model.
The older brother of Loose Women star June Sarpong later moved into acting and appeared in over 75 films and TV shows.
He also released six albums with rap group and launched his own clothing line, the Evening Standard reported.
In a statement, his family said: "It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away.
"The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time.
"The family appreciates the thoughts prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and request their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time."
Paying tribute to Mr Sarpong on Instagram, his Yo Momma co-star Wilder Valderrama said: "I am so sad and so confused. Sam did it all, believed in dreaming bigger than anyone around him.
"We made memories together that will last us forever, thank you for sharing your talent with me and the world.
"You were a light everywhere you went and I couldn't be more proud of the journey you traveled.
"You just left us too early Sam. We will miss you and pray for you."