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Mark Salling Dies From Apparent Suicide
Mark Salling, an actor who used to star on the show Glee, was found dead on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Law enforcement confirmed that the actor was found dead. He was 35-years-old.
A source told the website Deadline that authorities were investigating Salling's death as a possible suicide. However, the LA coroner's office is waiting to inform Salling's relatives. As for where his body was found, authorities discovered him near his home.
Comes a month after pleading guilty to child pornography charges
Salling's suicide comes a month after he pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. The actor was scheduled to appear in court on March seventh. He was due to be sentenced on that date.
As part of his plea agreement, Salling admitted he possessed over 20,000 images of kids engaged in sexual conduct. Salling was facing a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars. However, he was expected to serve between 4 to 7 years in federal prison, as part of his plea agreement. He would have also had to register as a sex offender and be on supervised release for 20 years.
The plea deal was made after an investigation was launched into Salling. As part of the investigation, authorities discovered a large collection of child pornography on Salling's flash drive, a laptop and a hard drive. The actor's girlfriend reported him to police after he showed her images of kids. Police then arrested him at the end of 2015.
Colleagues react to the news
A number of Salling's former colleagues reacted to the news. Tim Davis took to Twitter and so did Paris Barclay. Barclay described the news of Salling committing suicide as being a painful loss.
Attorney releases statement
Michael J. Proctor, Salling's attorney, confirmed that Salling passed away. He described his client as being both a loving and gentle person. He went on to describe the actor as being a person of great creativity.
Proctor also mentioned how Salling accepted full responsibility for his conduct. In the past, there were reports of how Salling attempted suicide by cutting his wrists, but Proctor denied that had happened. TMZ reported that Salling attempted suicide a few weeks prior to making a plea deal with authorities.
The attorney added that Salling made some serious mistakes that he was trying to atone for. Salling is survived by his brother and his parents. Proctor said Salling's family asks for privacy during this time.