Sam Sarpong's family has announced that they are to hold a public funeral for the late Yo Momma star, and are inviting all his friends and well-wishers to attend.
Sarpong, who died on Monday, Oct. 26 after an apparent tragic suicide from a bridge in Pasadena, Calif., was 40 years old at the time of his death. His family, who are still struggling to come to terms with the heartbreaking situation, have decided to pour their efforts into trying to give their beloved family member the send-off he deserves.
"We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to each and every one of you who have reached out to us during this incredibly difficult time," the family said in a statement released to Us Weekly on Tuesday, Nov. 3. "Our hearts are broken, and we are struggling to come to terms with the untimely passing of our dear Sam."
"Your words of encouragement, prayers, and shared memories of Sam have been comforting for us, and we cannot thank you enough," the family added.
The British-American actor, model, and TV star's family say they are not yet ready to host a celebration in Sam's memory, as many fans and friends have suggested, so instead have decided to make his funeral a public event so as many people as want, can attend.
"We want to concentrate our energies on sending Sam off in the very special way that his life deserves. We are currently planning a public funeral — one that will accommodate the many people who expressed interest in attending," they continued. "Sam was fortunate to have so many friends from all over the world, and we want to provide the opportunity for everyone to attend his funeral services."
According to the statement, the service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, Calif. He will be laid to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills after the funeral.
The family have requested donations in lieu of flowers, which can be made via PayPal.me/speciallight.
"Your financial support will help us honor Sam and is greatly appreciated," the family added. "After the funeral we would love to meet with those who have contacted us with ideas to keep Sam’s memory alive."
If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
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