The Los Angeles Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter tells the 40 year old passed away on Tuesday (27Oct15) after jumping from a bridge.

Sarpong, the brother of U.K. TV presenter June Sarpong, moved to Los Angeles from London with his Ghanaian father at the age of 11. He pursued a career in showbusiness after his plans to play professional basketball stalled, and he found fame as a model for Tommy Hilfiger. His other high profile modelling jobs included stints for Louis Vuitton, Versace, Donna Karen, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana.

He made his screen debut in 1994's My So-Called Life and went on to land roles in Beyonce's TV movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera and Love Don't Cost a Thing with Nick Cannon and Christina Milian. He also served as co-host on MTV's Yo Momma with Wilmer Valderrama, and appeared in TV series NCIS, ER, Veronica Mars, 24 and Bones. He had just scored a part in American Crime Story.

Sarpong was also active on the music scene as a member of hip-hop group the League. He recently went solo and his song Thunder featured on the Scary Movie 5 soundtrack.