Actor Mark Salling who played the popular character Puck on Fox’s long-running Glee has died of an apparent suicide. He was 35.
The celebrity’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor, confirmed the sad and shocking news in a statement released to media. Proctor said: “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning.”
The lawyer added that Salling is survived by his parents and brother. He also noted that the Salling family appreciates the support they have been getting and asks for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.
Proctor described the actor as “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 played Puck on Glee for almost six years, from 2009 to 2015. The actor was also supposed to play a role in the movie Gods and Secrets but was taken out by the film’s director after calling was arrested in 2015 on shocking child-pornography charges.
Authorities found more than 25,000 images and 600 videos showing child pornography on computers and thumb drives that Salling owned. Salling was also named in a two-count indictment in May 2016 alleging that he received porn involving young girls. The trial met some delays while he sought new legal representation.
The Goldwater reported last month that Salling entered a guilty plea to the allegations after he struck a plea deal in October that carried a sentence of four to seven years in prison. As part of the deal, the actor had to register as a sex offender and enter a treatment program. He was also required not to have verbal or electronic contact with anyone under the age of 18. He was also asked to stay 100 feet away from schools, parks, public swimming pools, youth centers, playgrounds, and arcades; as well as pay $50,000 in restitution to each victim.
The Goldwater also reported on Salling that he was discovered to have downloaded 50,000 explicit videos and photos back in 2015. https://thegoldwater.com/news/14470-Glee-Star-Mark-Salling-Pleads-Guilty-to-Possession-of-Over-50-000-Child-Porn-Files
He also tried to conceal his IP address while doing the downloads by using a VPN. He was arrested after showing his “collection” to an ex-girlfriend who alerted the police about his perversions.