Glee Star Mark Salling Is Dead of Apparent Suicide
Former ’Glee’ star Mark Salling has died by suicide today.
The manner of death was hanging from a tree in a park area off Big Tujunga Canyon Road in the Sunland section of Los Angeles, near his home.. Salling’s body was discovered around 9 a.m. near a riverbed in Sunland.
Salling’s lawyer confirmed the actor’s death on Tuesday. “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” said Michael J. Proctor in a statement to EW. “Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”
The actor had recently pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. His sentencing was scheduled for March 7.
Salling reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in October after admitting he possessed images of prepubescent children. A search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child porn on his computer and a thumb drive.
Salling was facing between four to seven years in prison. He would also have been required to register as a sex offender.
The actor played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on all six seasons of Ryan Murphy’s musical dramedy, which aired on Fox from 2009 to 2015.
He was 35.