Glee Actor Mark Salling Has Died

Glee Actor Mark Salling Has Died

TMZ reports that Salling - who was 35-years-old - was said to have been found near a riverbed in Sunland, where he lived.

According to TMZ, police spotted Salling's auto by the side of the road, and due to a family member of Salling reporting him as a missing person at 3am that morning, they checked the license plates and determined it was his vehicle.

Salling's attorney, Michael J. Proctor, confirmed the actor had died early Tuesday morning. "He is survived by his mother and father, and brother", the statement reads.

Salling is best known for playing jock Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the hit show Glee between 2009-15. It comes just weeks after Mr. Salling pleaded guilty to federal charges of being in possession of child pornography.

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Due to be sentenced in March (18), Salling was out on bail at the time of his death. There is no exact cause of death, but according to TMZ, it is believed he hung himself. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain. After police raided his home, they found over 50,000 images of child pornography on his computer and another 4,000 on a flash drive. He had registered as a sex offender and enter a treatment program.

The Los Angeles Coroner's Office spokesman told The Washington Post he could not confirm Salling's identity because they had yet to notify Salling's next-of-kin. According to the gossip rag's law enforcement sources, it's thought that Salling committed suicide, possibly by hanging.

Salling reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in October after admitting he possessed images of prepubescent children.

He was arrested by the LAPD in 2015 on suspicion of having child pornography.