Sam Osei Sarpong Jr. Host of Paparazzi Comedy Show Dies at 40

 

Sam Osei Sarpong Jr. was born on December 19, 1974 in London and came to the United States at the age 11. His first American friend was Brian Schaffer. Sam Sarpong was an International I.C.O.N award winning Supermodel, Actor, Producer, Fashion Designer, Recording Artist, BET Host and devout Christian. Sam "Mr. Fashion" was a beautiful human being inside and out and had a heart that stretched across the seas.

 
Sam modeled for top designers such as Tommy Hilfiger, Boy London, Gucci, Versace, KD Luxe, Dolce & Gabana, Louis Vuitton, Andre Soriano and his own collections Future Stars and Chosen One.  Sarpong also made fashion history as becoming the first black male model to do a Louis Vuitton editorial campaign.

 
Paparazzi Comedy show formerly held at Jon Lovitz Comedy Club Universal City Walk where Sam Sarpong debuted his hit singles "Lose my Mind" and "Fresh Kids" was home to a "show family" of performers very close to Sam including Vannessa Curry, Janet Rousseau, Craig Melone, Malinda Rivera, Janey Westbury, Elizabeth Velasquez, KD Luxe Kathleen Doonan Largent, Justin Hires, Angelique Bates, Malik Barnhardt, Stevie Mack, Bresha Webb, Brando, The Mooney Twins, Carlina Rebeiro, JAQs, Diversity News, The Boy London Army entourage, Inessa Alex' Jovi Bantolo,  Dre, Brian Shafer, Keys, Curtis Sabir, Laney, Clinton Wallace and an endless celebrity cast.  

 

Gisele Rebeiro (Paparazzi Comedy Producer) stated on Tuesday "yes it is confirmed my close friend Sam Sarpong passed away on Monday October 26, 2015 at 3:52 p.m. in Pasadena, California.  He is no longer with us”.  

 
Sam Sarpong had over 76 credits to his name including Veronica Mars, Everybody Hates Chris, Boston Public, My So-Called Life, Cold Case, Love Don't Cost A Thing, (alongside Nick Cannon and Christina Milan), No Weapons, MTV's "Yo Mamma" with Wilter Valderrama, BET Awards "All Access", Front Cover of LA Fashion, GOT anchored Magazine's "Opening Day Issue 2015" (alongside Supermodel Jaizen Hom & Janey Westbury)  and a minor role as a neighbor in an upcoming FX event series American Crime Story.  In the spring Sam Sarpong appeared in two episodes of the TV series "Bones" as Thomas Saltz.

 
"I went from barely even being able to pay my bills to now being an international Supermodel" Sam Sarpong told Black Hollywood Live in July 2013.  I remember the night I first met Sam Sarpong, he walked by me at a Leo Gov party with an entourage of flashing cameras and lights and I turned to Abraham Pal and said.. .."Who is That?!" He replied "oh! That's Boy London Supermodel Sam Sarpong".  Abraham introduced me and Sam hired me right on the spot as his new personal photographer five years ago.

 
The family released the following statement:
It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel Sarpong, Jr. must share the news that Sam has passed away. The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation and no additional details are known at this time. Information about final arrangements will be forthcoming. The family appreciates thoughts, prayers and other expressions of sympathy, and requests that their privacy be respected at this extremely difficult time.

 
"The first day he walked into my house he never left.  He was My best friend, My hero, My Brother  and he will be always be with me”. -Brian Schaffer.

  
"It saddens our hearts deeply to lose our very dearly beloved friend and brother". Gisele & Jovi.

The party never started until Sam walked in! Photos by Gisele Rebeiro/Partyby5

    
 
"Sam... I thank God he allowed us to be friends for a few years. Going thru some old text messages and I'm thankful I always told you, "I Loved you." I will miss you. I thank God again for allowing me to see you for the last time about 2 weeks ago. I'll always love you and remember you.....you have my Mom' s birthday Sam!!! - Liz

 
Sam Sarpong is so many things to so many people.  You can ask 100 people, Sam was their best friend. Rarely in life do you meet someone who inspires you to be better no matter what hardships you’re going through. Sam kept inspiring people and changing lives until the very end.  

 
We are all deeply saddened to loose our best friend and shining star. Words cannot describe how this world will be effected with his absence from it.  One of Sam’s life’s passions was his 15 year documentary “The Life of an Entertainer” documenting his life through the highs and lows, and giving a behind the scenes look into what it takes to really make it in Hollywood.  We intend to keep Sam’s message alive along with his memory by completing his documentary, and through this process we hope to answer the question of how we all lost our best friend. -Adam Cook

Duane Martin (Real Husbands of Hollywood and Owner of Xen Lounge) and Sam Sarpong at "Who's Hot In Hollywood 2014" Xen Lounge, Sam's Favourite "Party Place"


"I am so devastated by the loss of my dear friend Sam and want to convey my deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and many friends. He was a very special and unique person that touched so many lives and really seemed to be loved by everyone." -Kathleen Doonan Largent, KD LUXE Jewelry  

 
 
Sam is survived by his dad Samuel Sarpong Sr., his sister June and stepmom Sharon Ware.

 
 
Photos courtesy of Partyby5. A gallery of event photos of Sam Sarpong can be found on Partyby5.com and on PRPHOTOS. 

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