Former “Glee” star Mark Salling, who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, was found dead Tuesday in an apparent suicide. He was 35.
A spokesman for the coroner’s office said Salling was found dead by the Los Angeles River in Sunland, California near his neighborhood residence. An autopsy is pending but the suspected cause is suicide by hanging.
Salling, best known as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the hit FOX musical series, was scheduled to be sentenced in early March under a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors in October in which he admitted to possessing pornographic images of prepubescent children.
The agreement stated that a search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child porn on Salling’s computer and a thumb drive. Prosecutors agreed to ask a judge to sentence the actor to a prison term of 4-7 years, and to be registered as a sex offender, pay restitution and abide by restrictions on where he could live.
Salling is the second former “Glee” actor to have died, the other being Cory Monteith who was found dead at the age of 31 in a hotel room in Vancouver in 2013. Monteith’s death was caused by accidental drug overdose due to a toxic mix of heroin and alcohol.
Source: USA Today