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Mark Salling, 'Glee' star dead from apparent suicide at 35

By
Wade Sheridan
Mark Salling has died at the age of 35. File Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI
Mark Salling has died at the age of 35. File Photo by Roger L. Wollenberg/UPI | License Photo

Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Glee alum Mark Salling died Tuesday from an apparent suicide at the age of 35.

Salling's death of an apparent suicide was confirmed by the Los Angeles Police Department to Us Weekly.

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The actor's body was found near a riverbed in the Sunland-Turjunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, the area where he lived, TMZ reported.

"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," his attorney Michael Proctor said to People magazine. "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."

Salling was awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in October. He faced four to seven years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

He pleaded guilty to "one felony count of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor" and also faced 20 years of supervised release, $50,000 in restitution pay to each of his victims and to register as a sex offender.

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Salling appeared on Glee as Noah "Puck" Puckerman between 2009 and 2015. He also starred in an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger and in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering.

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