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Glee actor Mark Salling was found dead after an apparent suicide. He was 35 years old. The actor played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy.
Salling was arrested in December 2014 for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography. Though he was later released on $20,000 bail, he later pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving a pre-pubescent minor and was awaiting sentencing before his death.
According to TMZ:
We’re told his body was found near a riverbed in Sunland … the area where he lived. We do not yet know the manner of death. We’re told he may have died after hanging himself. We’ve learned the address where Salling was found dead is a little league field near a creek.
Hollywood Reporter adds:
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.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Salling’s lawyer Michael J. Proctor wrote:
I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. 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.
In addition to his acting work on Glee, Salling was also a rock musician and a horror movie actor who had appeared in the 1996 film Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering and the 2006 fright flick The Graveyard.
Salling is the second Glee cast member to die at a young age. Fellow actor Corey Monteith died on July 13, 2013, from an apparent drug overdose.
We’ll update this post with more information when it becomes available.