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Glee star Mark Salling is reported dead at 35 of apparent suicide


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After pleading guilty to possession of child pornography in September, Glee star Mark Salling has died of an apparent suicide, according to TMZ.

His body was found near the Los Angeles River close to his home on Tuesday.

Salling’s lawyer lawyer, Michael Procter, confirmed his death to People in a statement: “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 judgment. 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.”

The 35-year-old was awaiting sentencing, scheduled for March, after prosecutors found 50,000 images of underage children in his home. He was expected to receive four to seven years in prison as part of a plea deal, brought down from an original maximum sentence of 20 years.

In August, the actor had cut both his wrists in what was believed to be a suicide attempt a month before he pled guilty in court. He reportedly spent time in treatment for “psychological problems.”

Salling was most well-known for his role as Puck in Glee, which ran from 2009 to 2015.