LOS ANGELES — US actor Mark Salling, known for his role in the hit musical TV series Glee, died Tuesday, weeks before being sentenced for possession of child pornography, his lawyer said. He was 35.
News outlet TMZ, citing law enforcement, said Salling had committed suicide by hanging.
“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” his lawyer Michael Proctor said in a statement.
“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 faced a sentence of between four to seven years in prison under the plea agreement he reached with prosecutors, the Justice Department said in December. He had been arrested in late 2015, and charged in 2016.
He was allowed to remain free as his case was heard, and was scheduled to appear in court on March 7 for sentencing.
Authorities reportedly found more than 50,000 pornographic images and videos of children, mainly girls, on his laptop and an external drive.
On Glee, Salling played Noah Puckerman, an angry football player outside his comfort zone when he joins the high school glee club.
According to TMZ, he had previously attempted suicide in August.
Another actor on the hit series, Canadian Cory Monteith, died in July 2013 of an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
“The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected,” Proctor said. — AFP/Reuters