Sam Sarpong’s Death Mourned by Yo Momma Co-Host Wilmer Valderrama: “I Am So Sad and So Confused”

Sam Sarpong Death: Wilmer Valderrama Reacts
Wilmer Valderrama posted a tribute to his late Yo Momma co-host Sam Sarpong.  Michael Stewart/Getty Images

Sam Sarpong’s friends and family are still coming to terms with the tragic loss of the British-American model, actor, and TV personality. On Wednesday, Oct. 28, Sarpong’s Yo Momma co-host Wilmer Valderrama took to Instagram to pay tribute to him. 

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“I am so sad & so confused,” the That ‘70s Show alum, 35, began. “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.”

Sam Sarpong
Sam Sarpong attends the ENAW 24th National Convention on September 5. Maury Phillips/WireImage

Sharing a photo of himself with Sarpong and co-host Jason Everhart, Valderrama also mentioned the time the late star spent on the MTV series, which ran for two seasons from 2006 to 2007. 

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“Once again thank you for all those years you dedicated to our show, we couldn’t have done it without you!” he wrote. “Find your peace my brother!” 

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The actor and longtime boyfriend of mental health advocate Demi Lovato also took the time to reach out to others who may be struggling. 

I am so sad & 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.. Once again thank you for all those years you dedicated to our show, we couldn’t have done it without you! Find your peace my brother! And to everyone in a dark place.. PLEASE, please talk to someone.. Anyone.. Trust me that we WILL listen.. You are not alone, there are so many people that feel the same darkness, let’s help one another, let us shine hope on all those that need our understanding!! Reach out to someone and make your first step towards living a life you deserve. My prayers and heart are with family and friends that were blessed to know his beautiful soul #RIPSamSarpong

A photo posted by Wilmer Valderrama (@wilmervalderrama) on Oct 28, 2015 at 8:22pm PDT

“And to everyone in a dark place.. PLEASE, please talk to someone.. Anyone.. Trust me that we WILL listen,” he continued. “You are not alone, there are so many people that feel the same darkness, let’s help one another, let us shine hope on all those that need our understanding!! Reach out to someone and make your first step towards living a life you deserve. My prayers and heart are with family and friends that were blessed to know his beautiful soul #RIPSamSarpong.”

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Sarpong died on Monday, Oct. 26 at the age of 40. Prior to his death by apparent suicide, he had a seven-hour exchange with police before jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, Calif. 

If you or someone you know is struggling, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

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