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Sam Sarpong

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Sam Sarpong

Born circa 1975

London, England, U.K.

Died 26 October 2015, age 40

Pasadena, California, U.S.

Occupation Model, actor

Samuel Osei "Sam" Sarpong, Jr. (c. 1975 – 26 October 2015) was an English-American actor, super-model, and musician. He performed in over sixty feature films, and fifty-five television shows, including such films as Carmen The Hip Hopera, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Keeping Up with the Steins, Anchor Baby and No Weapons, for which he won best lead actor at the San Diego Film Festival. He was also the host on MTV's Yo Momma. for three seasons. He was one of the first black male models for designer Tommy Hilfiger and was the face of the brand for over six years.

Personal life

Sam Sarpong was born in London and moved to Los Angeles with his father (a native of Ghana) when he was 11 years old. He attended El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California, where he was a basketball star. When his aspirations for a college and professional basketball career proved unsuccessful, he turned to acting and modeling. He was the brother of the British television presenter June Sarpong.

Sarpong died on 26 October 2015 at the age of 40 after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, California. His death was ruled a suicide by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, pending an autopsy.


Sarpong was a co-host of MTV’s show Yo Momma, and has since gone on to serve as the host of the BET Awards pre-show All Access, for 7 years. At the 2013 BET Awards, Sarpong presented the "Best International Artist" category.

Sarpong starred as Paul Unanga in the film, Anchor Baby and won Best Lead Actor for this role at the 2012 New York Film Festival. He also guest starred in "Lord of the Bling", an episode of Veronica Mars.

Sarpong was a fashion editorial magazine campaign for the brand Loius Vuitton. A recipient of the MAA Fashion Award for Male Model of the Year, and twice named by Today's Black Woman magazine on their "Fifty Most Beautiful People" list. Sarpong was added to Us Weekly's, "Hot 100 Young Hollywood with Style" list[when?]. Sarpong has walked the runway for designers Versace, Donna Karen, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Jean Phillppe and Ed Hardy. Sarpong has also started his own clothing brand, "Chosen One Collection," a line of T-shirts, jeans and hoodies.

Sarpong appears in the feature film No Weapons. Sarpong was signed as a costar of the film Trigger, and was scheduled to appear on the television series, Average Dad. In 2015, Sarpong was also one of the leads in the Fox pilot Studio City.

Sarpong has been featured in modeling campaigns for the brand Boy London, and in the past served as the international face of the Nelson Mandela foundation clothing line.

Sarpong was also a member of the Hip-Hop/Pop group the League which has released 6 albums. Sarpong recorded a solo EP, Lose My Mind which is featured on VH1's show Hit The Floor. Sarpong is also featured on the Scary Movie 5 soundtrack with his song "Thunder". He released a single "Lovin".

By Editor K 29/10/2015 03:04:00
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