Actor Mark Salling's cause of death has been revealed. Entertainment Tonight reports that the 35-year-old, known for his role on Glee, died of a suicide. The death certificate lists the cause of death as asphyxia by hanging.
Salling's body was found in a riverbed in Sunland, California.
According to the Associated Press, he was due to be sentenced in March. Although he hadn’t been sentenced yet, he had already agreed to serve at least four years in jail. More than 25,000 images of children pornography was found on Salling’s laptop, a hard drive and a USB flash drive. His girlfriend at the time called the police in 2015 after seeing some of these images.
This wasn't the first time that Salling tried to kill himself. TMZ reported previously that the actor tried to slit his wrists. His lawyer claimed that wasn’t true at the time, and told TMZ: “Mark is physically fine and […] spending his time atoning and working on himself.”
Glee co-star Naya Rivera once dated Salling. "He was always just a very dark soul to me,” she told Entertainment Tonight following his child pornography charges. "I always felt like there was something that he was wrestling with." In her memoir, she wrote, "When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever. Everyone should have that one relationship where you look back and ask yourself, 'What the hell was I thinking?'"
Other Glee actors responded publicly following Salling's death. “It’s sad. Very tragic,” Jane Lynch said. "His death is painful for me Some of u might know him for only his flaws but I also knew him as someone who was great to work with & was kind to my kids," tweeted Iqbal Theba.
Salling was best known for playing Noah "Puck" Puckerman on all six seasons of Glee (which aired from 2009 to 2015.) He also released two albums called Smoke Signals in 2008 and Pipe Dreams in 2010.
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