Glee Alum Mark Salling Has Died At 35: Co-Stars React To Actor’s Death

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Former Glee star Mark Salling has died at 35.

It was announced on Tuesday afternoon, Salling, best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Fox’s hit musical comedy Glee, was found dead around 8:50 a.m. outside in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Salling was pronounced dead at the scene at 9 a.m. in an apparent suicide by hanging, which was confirmed by the LA Coroner’s office.

The actor’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor,  released the following statement following the news of Salling’s death: “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. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”

Salling pled guilty to possessing child pornography in December 2017. He was awaiting sentencing, which was scheduled for March 7, at the time of his death. In addition to facing up to seven years in prison, Salling would also have to be registered as a sex offender.

Since the news of his death, several of Salling’s former colleagues from Glee have taken to social media in reaction to his death. Matthew Morrison, who played Salling’s on-screen teacher Will Schuester, shared a photo of himself with Salling and Cory Monteith.

Tim Davis, who worked as a vocal coach on Glee, took Twitter to urge fans to refrain from attacking Salling’s family during this time.

Salling’s death has brought out mixed emotions from many people, especially Glee fans given that Salling’s character Puck was a fan favorite in the show’s earlier seasons. As one of our writers here at 4YE put it best, “You are not obligated to mourn someone who did not live honorably. And a character is not the actor who portrayed them. A character is something more than mortal. And a character can mean something to you even if the actor who played them doesn’t deserve your love or admiration.”

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Erika Negrón Rivera
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