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- The former “Glee” star Mark Salling was found dead Tuesday at 35, as first reported by TMZ and confirmed by his attorney to People.
- TMZ reported that he was believed to have died in a suicide.
- Salling was awaiting a March 7 sentencing for a child-pornography charge he pleaded guilty to in October.
- He was facing a possible sentence of four to seven years in prison as part of a plea deal.
TMZ cited a law-enforcement source who said Salling’s body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland neighborhood of Los Angeles, where Salling lived.
Salling was facing a possible sentence of four to seven years in prison as part of a plea deal agreed to in October. The agreement stated that a search warrant found more than 50,000 images of child porn on Salling’s computer and a thumb drive. He would also have been required to register as a sex offender.
Salling’s attorney, Michael Proctor, provided the following statement to People: “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.”
Salling was best known for his portrayal of Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox musical-comedy series “Glee,” which aired from 2009 to 2015.