An actor known for his role on the Fox musical series “Glee” has killed himself. TMZ reports that Mark Salling, who played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the show, hanged himself. He was 35.
Salling’s body was reportedly found early today hanging from a tree in a riverbed adjacent to a little league field in Sunland, Calif., near his home.
“The former ‘Glee’ star was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors,” TMZ reports. “Prosecutors say he had 50,000 images of underage children.
“Sentencing in the case was set for March. He was expected to get 4 to 7 years in prison as part of a plea deal.”
Salling reportedly cut his wrists back in August, but his lawyers denied that it was a suicide attempt.
“We’re told police received a call to do a ‘welfare check’ on Salling and somehow that led them to the baseball field where his body was found. We’re told Salling had been dead for some time,” TMZ reports. “Our sources say a family member came to the LAPD station at 3 AM Tuesday to report Salling as a missing person.”
Mark Salling as Noah Puckerman
(from a ‘Glee’ video) (courtesy YouTube)