Mark Salling, one of the star's of Fox's musical comedy Glee, has died at age 35 of an apparent suicide by hanging, according to the New York Daily News. He was found at 8:50 a.m. outside in a park area off Big Tujunga Canyon Road in the Sunland section of L.A., according to multiple reports.
His lawyer, Michael J. Proctor, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he died, but did not confirm cause of death.
- “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” Proctor, said in a statement. “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.”
- News of Salling's death comes shortly before he was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on charges of child pornography.
- He pleaded guilty in December to child pornography possession. He was scheduled to be sentenced March 7th.
- According to a plea agreement, he planned to serve between four and seven years in prison with supervised release for 20 years, if a judge agreed. Salling would have been required to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to each victim who requested it.
- Salling played Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the Golden-Globe-winning Glee from 2009-2015.