Mark Salling was found dead yesterday (Tuesday, 30th January).
His apparent suicide comes just six weeks away before he was due to a sentencing hearing case for child pornography charges. It was previously revealed that the 35-year-old “Glee” alum possessed sexual material involving children as young as three.
Although “the investigation is ongoing and a full autopsy is pending”, the Los Angeles Police Department believed that the caused of death was an apparent suicide by hanging. He was found outside in the woods of his home in Sunland around 9am.
Salling’s lawyer, Michael J Proctor, released a statement, saying, “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.”
Most of the people from “Glee” have largely remained silent on social media, but a handful have paid tribute, including Matthew Morrison (who played Will Schuester), Iqbal Theba (who played Principal Figgins) and Tim Davis (the show’s vocal arranger).
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) January 30, 2018
Today we lost another #Glee cast member.Yes, he committed crimes against children.Yes, it's horrific. But #MarkSalling was a broken man, no doubt an abuse victim himself. I loved Mark, and am sad when I consider the devastation of his parents. PLEASE withhold your cruel comments.
— Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018ADVERTISEMENT
Let me be clear. Having compassion for #MarkSalling in no way minimizes his crimes, nor does it minimize the pain and devastation of the victims of those crimes. I'm just saying stop adding to his family's pain. This was their son. If you're without sin, feel free to cast stones.
— Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018
Salling was best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee” from 2009 through 2015.