Actor Mark Salling, known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee,” has been found dead hanging from a tree. It is believed that Mark committed suicide due to the sentencing for one count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor which was scheduled for March 7.
“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” attorney Michael Proctor said. “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.”
Prosecutors say he had 50,000 images of underage children.
By taking the plea agreement, Mark would have been sentenced to between four and seven years in federal prison. Following his release, he would have to register as a sex offender and supervised for 20-years.
Salling was a “Glee” regular in the first four seasons, and became a recurring cast member for years five and six, as his character aged.
Some of his co-workers on “Glee” sent condolences. Paris Barclay wrote, “It’s a painful loss, again. Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP.
Jane Lynch said news of Mark’s death was “tragic” and that she was “broken-hearted.” And that she would always remember him “as the guy who made that sweet video at the beginning of “Glee” when he was so happy to be part of this group.”
Matthew Morrison who played teacher Mr. Shuester posted an image on Instagram of him, Salling, and Cory Monteith. Cory had died from a drug overdose in 2013.
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.