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Glee star Mark Salling has been found dead in Los Angeles weeks before his sentencing for child porn charges.
The former Glee star has died of an apparent suicide, weeks after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Salling famously played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman in Glee – he pleaded guilty in December after authorities found more than 50,000 images of child porn on his computer. The date for his sentencing is supposed to be on March 7.
According to Yahoo.com, Salling has confessed to the possession of around 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct as part of a plea agreement. He was facing a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. He was expected to spend at least 4 to 7 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release wherein he’ll be registered as a sex offender.
The actor’s death is being ruled as a suicide. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that Salling was reported missing before he was eventually found in the Tujunga neighbourhood.
Michael Proctor, Salling’s attorney said: “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.”
Support is available for those who may be distressed after hearing this shocking news by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, or Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36.
Source: ABC News/Yahoo