Actor Wilmer Valderrama is speaking out after the death of Sam Sarpong. The pair co-hosted the MTV show "Yo Mama" for two years until 2007. Sarpong, 35, who was also a model, is said to have jumped off a bridge in Pasadena, California, earlier this week. Valderrama shared some kind words about his friend and former colleague online Thursday.
In a statement released to E! News and on Twitter, the former "That 70s Show" actor said he was both "sad and so confused" about Sarpong's death. He recalled the model/actor as a dreamer, and a successful one at that. Valderrama, 35, then took a moment to reach out to anyone else who may be going through difficult times, begging them to "PLEASE, please talk to someone." He assured them that someone out there will hear what they have to say.
I am so sad & so confused.. Sam did it all, believed in dreaming bigger than anyone around him.. We… https://t.co/x9S76PcMi5
— Wilmer Valderrama (@WValderrama) October 29, 2015
As International Business Times previously reported, a spokesman for the County of Los Angeles Medical Examiner - Coroner, Ed Winter, confirmed Sarpong's apparent suicide on Tuesday to Us Weekly. The Tommy Hilfiger model's body was reportedly found Monday afternoon below the Colorado Street Bridge. USA Today reported that a witness saw him jump.
Sarpong was a British born actor who moved to the United States at the age of 11. He was the face of Hilfiger for many years and landed several acting roles during his career. His management company released a brief statement regarding his death, saying that they were "devastated" by the news.