TMZ Reports Mark Salling Dead of Apparent Suicide

Former Glee actor was 35
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2018 12:36 PM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2018 4:50 PM CST

(Newser) – Former Glee actor Mark Salling is dead at age 35, a source confirms to the Hollywood Reporter. It wasn't able to obtain a cause of death, but TMZ is reporting the death is an apparent suicide ahead of Salling's sentencing for child pornography. A law enforcement official in Los Angeles tells the AP that Salling was found hanging after being reported missing about 3am Tuesday. TMZ reports his body was found in a baseball field, hanging from a tree. "I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning," says the actor's attorney, Michael Proctor. "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 adds.

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Salling, known to Glee fans as Noah "Puck" Puckerman, was scheduled to be sentenced March 7 following his guilty plea on child porn charges. He was facing four to seven years. Salling was arrested in late 2015 after child-porn images were found on his computer, with the Hollywood Reporter noting a search warrant uncovered more than 50,000 such images there and on a thumb drive. People notes that per court documents, a former girlfriend had tipped off police. (Read more Mark Salling stories.)

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