Cause of Death Released in Ex-Glee Star's Death

Mark Salling died of asphyxiation due to hanging—a suicide
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2018 5:00 PM CST
This photo shows the spot where Mark Salling was found dead in a remote area of Big Tujunga Canyon in the Sunland area of Los Angeles on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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(Newser) – What was already speculated on has now been confirmed: Former Glee star Mark Salling took his own life. Per TMZ, the Los Angeles County Coroner determined the 35-year-old actor, who was found hanging from a riverside tree near his home in Sunland, Calif., died from asphyxia due to hanging, and it was a suicide. "He is ready [to be picked up]," the coroner's office told Page Six. "The case is closed." Salling was awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges to which he pleaded guilty, with a possible stay in prison of four to seven years.

Meanwhile, his parents, who hail from Texas and are described by a source as "church-driven," are said to be "devastated" by his death, People reports. "Mark's mom had a hard time even grasping the reality of his dark past, so accepting his death—she's a mess," the source adds. (Read more Mark Salling stories.)

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