Mark Salling was found dead of apparent suicide at the age of 35 this morning. He was awaiting his sentence after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography late last year.
Salling’s body was found at a river bed in Sunland, nearby where he lived. Reports say he may have died by hanging himself, though the official cause of death has not been released.
The Glee star had been charged of two counts of child pornography after authorities found over 50,000 images of child erotica on his personal computer. He had agreed to pay $50 million per victim and was looking at 4-7 years in prison, with 20 years of supervised release.
Salling is the second Glee star to die and the first since Cory Monteith.
While there are a lot of strong opinions going around online about Salling’s death, I will say this: suicide, committed for any reason, is still a tragedy of its own. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicide ideation, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.