Former Glee actor Mark Salling, 35, is dead of an apparent suicide via hanging. Salling had pleaded guilty to one count of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor as part of a plea agreement back in December 2017.
According to TMZ, Salling’s body was found near a riverbed in Sunland, California.
Reportedly, police received a call to do a “welfare check” on Salling and that led them to the baseball field where his body was found. He has reportedly been dead for some time upon being found by authorities.
We’re told he may have died after hanging himself. We’ve learned the address where Salling was found dead is a little league field near a creek.
The former “Glee” star was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors. Prosecutors say he had 50,000 images of underage children.
TMZ broke the story … Salling had cut his wrists back in August and it appeared to be a suicide attempt, although his lawyer denied it.
Salling was best known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the comedy television series Glee.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Salling was home-schooled at an early age before attending Providence Christian School and Our Redeemer Lutheran during elementary school. He later graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 2001. After high school, Salling attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California and began studying guitar, giving guitar lessons to make a living.
In 2008, Salling was cast as a regular character, Noah Puckerman, on the Fox series Glee. In 2013, it was reported that Salling would not be returning as a regular on Glee’s fifth season, but would instead be a recurring guest star on the series.
On December 29, 2015, Salling was arrested on suspicion of possessing several thousand photos and videos depicting child pornography.In May 2016, Salling was charged with receiving and possessing child pornography and was removed from the cast of Gods and Secrets.
His trial began on September 12, 2017, and on September 30, he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, subsequently registering as a sex offender and entering a treatment program. Salling also faced four to seven years in jail. The guilty plea was finalized December 18, 2017. Salling committed suicide on January 30, 2018.