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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Mark Salling, 'Glee' actor, dead at 35

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Mark Salling

Glee star commits suicide ahead of his sentencing for child pornography. Actor Mark Salling, best known for his role as Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Fox's musical comedy-drama "Glee," has died, according to his attorney. 

Salling was indicted in May 2016 on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor and was scheduled for sentencing March 7.

As part of a plea agreement, Salling was expected to be sentenced to four years to seven years in federal prison, followed by a 20-year period of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.

Mark Salling, 35, has died as a result of suicide, a month after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

His body was found at the Los Angeles River, area where he lived in in Sunland. He was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving a pre-pubescent minor. .

Prosecutors said he had 50,000 images of underage children. Sentencing in the case was set for March. He was expected to get 4 to 7 years in prison as part of a plea deal. Salling had cut his wrists back in August and it appeared to be a suicide attempt, although his lawyer denied it. 

'Glee' years

"Glee," created by Ryan Murphy, ran on Fox from 2009-15.
Salling came into the show with few other television or film credits to his name. The overnight success of the high school-set musical series turned much of the original cast into overnight sensations.
The original cast included Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, and Cory Monteith. Montieth died of an overdose in 2013.

Salling was a regular on "Glee" for the first four seasons. He was a recurring cast member during the last two seasons, as characters began to age out of storylines.
"It's a painful loss, again," director Paris Barclay, who worked on "Glee," wrote on Twitter, accompanied by a picture of himself with Monteith and Salling. "Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling."

Salling 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," Proctor added.

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