Former Glee star Mark Salling was found dead early Tuesday morning near his home in Los Angeles. He was 35.
According to The Washington Post, the unfortunate news was confirmed by his representative, Atty. Michael Proctor. The Los Angeles Coroner also confirmed that the actor died by asphyxia as a result of hanging.
LAPD officers received a death investigation call on Tuesday, around 8:50 a.m. Pacific time and responded to the 11900 block of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, near the Los Angeles River.
Salling, made famous for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman, a football player turned Glee club singer in the hit show Glee, was also found in possession of atleast 50, 000 images of child pornography and was arrested back in December 2015.
“He isolated himself in that house in Sunland and was a very depressed, lonely human,” a source told E! News. “He had demons he was wrestling with for many years.”
“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,” his lawyer, Proctor said in a statement. “He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”
Salling then struck a plea agreement with prosecutors in October last year, and in December pleaded guilty to possession of the child pornography images.
His plea deal, which carried a four to seven year sentence, as well as paying an unverified restitution and registering as a sex offender, was supposed to be sentenced on March 7.
Salling is another cast member of the show who seemed to have fallen off the path, as late last year co-star Naya Rivera, who played lesbian singer- cheerleader Santana Lopez was arrested on a domestic battery charge by husband Ryan Dorsey; and it was reported that alcohol played a factor in their altercation.
His co-star, Cory Monteith, was the first real-life tragedy of the show’s cast after he died from a heroin overdose in 2013.
Following news of Mark Salling’s death, his Glee co-stars commemorated him via social media.
Matthew Morisson posted a throwback photo of himself with Salling and Monteith on Instagram.
Meanwhile, Glee producer Tim Davis tweeted, “Let me be clear. Having compassion for #MarkSalling in no way minimizes his crimes, nor does it minimize the pain and devastation of the victims of those crimes.”
Let me be clear. Having compassion for #MarkSalling in no way minimizes his crimes, nor does it minimize the pain and devastation of the victims of those crimes. I’m just saying stop adding to his family’s pain. This was their son. If you’re without sin, feel free to cast stones.
— Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018
Iqbal Theba also said that Salling’s death was “painful” for him.
“Some of u might know him for only his flaws but I also knew him as someone who was great to work with & was kind to my kids,” Theba wrote.”I truly wish he’d fought his demons & atoned himself & came out a winner. May we all find solace in some of his gentler memories.”
His death is painful for me Some of u might know him for only his flaws but I also knew him as someone who was great to work with & was kind to my kids. I truly wish he’d fought his demons &atoned himself & came out a winner. May we all find solace in some of his gentler memories
— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) January 31, 2018