Actor Mark Salling has been found dead from what police believe was suicide. He was 35.
TMZ reports that Salling’s body was found by a riverbed in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles, close to his home. The Glee actor was awaiting sentencing on a plea deal on child pornography charges, which was to be handed down in March. He was expected to get between four and seven years in prison.
Salling was first arrested in 2015, having been reported to the police by at least two grown women with whom he shared his collection of sexually explicit images involving children. Investigators eventually uncovered approximately 50,000 pornographic images involving children, some as young as ten.
According to TMZ, it was suspected that Salling attempted suicide in August of 2017, when he slit his wrists, though that was denied by his lawyer. It is reported that he had multiple arm scars; at the time, he was taken to a hospital for psychological evaluation and checked into rehab.