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.)