Convicted Sex Offender, ‘Glee Star’ Mark Salling Found Dead
“Glee” star and convicted sex offender Mark Salling was found dead via suicide.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 35-year-old actor’s death was caused by hanging, with his body discovered at around 9:00 AM near a riverbed in Sunland where he lived. The Los Angeles coroner’s office was seen moving his body to a stretcher, and loading it into the van when news of his death spread.
The actor’s lawyer, Michael J Proctor, confirmed his death in a statement that said, “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. 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 judgement.
“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,” as reported by BBC.
Just recently, Salling was sentenced with four to seven years in prison when he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. The actor reached a plea agreement with prosecutors after admitting to the possession of such images.
The agreement will also add 20 years of supervised release. Moreover, he was also registered as a sex offender, which bars him to live within view of any school yards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, arcades, or any other places, which are frequented by any person under the age of 18.
As reported by Mirror, his co-stars in “Glee” also expressed grief on his death, with actress Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester, saying, “It’s sad. Very tragic.”
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
She also retweeted a post from Glee vocal contractor and arranger Tim Davis, which states, “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.”
Matthew Morrison also posted a photo of him, Salling, as well as late actor Cory Monteith.
Salling’s sentence was expected to be released this March.