Ac­tor Salling dies weeks af­ter child porn guilty plea

Ripon Bulletin - - Local / State -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puck­er­man in the hit mu­si­cal-com­edy “Glee,” died of an ap­par­ent sui­cide Tues­day, weeks af­ter plead­ing guilty to pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy. He was 35.

Salling pleaded guilty in De­cem­ber af­ter au­thor­i­ties said a search of his com­puter and a thumb drive found more than 50,000 im­ages of child porn. He was sched­uled to be sen­tenced March 7, and pros­e­cu­tors planned to ask a judge to send him to prison for four to seven years.

A law en­force­ment of­fi­cial not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly said Salling was found hang­ing in a riverbed area in the Tu­junga neigh­bor­hood of Los An­ge­les. Ed Win­ter, as­sis­tant chief in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner’s office, said the death is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated as a sui­cide.

Win­ter said Salling was pro­nounced dead at 9 a.m. Tues­day, six hours af­ter po­lice re­ceived a re­port that he was miss­ing.

“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,” Salling’s at­tor­ney, Michael J. Proc­tor, said in an email to The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Proc­tor didn’t dis­cuss the cause of death, but said the ac­tor’s fam­ily ap­pre­ci­ated the sup­port it is re­ceiv­ing and asked that a re­quest for pri­vacy be re­spected.

The darkly hand­some ac­tor had ap­peared in only a hand­ful of projects be­fore his break­out role in “Glee,” the pop­u­lar Fox TV se­ries about stu­dents in a high school glee club and their cir­cle of fam­ily and friends. It aired from 2009-15.

Ear­lier cred­its in­cluded 1996’s “Chil­dren of the Corn IV: The Gather­ing,” a 1999 guest role on the Chuck Nor­ris se­ries “Walker, Texas Ranger” and a part in the 2014 TV movie “Rocky Road.”

A singer-song­writer as well as ac­tor, he re­leased two albums: “Smoke Sig­nals” in 2008 and “Pipe Dreams” in 2010.

Fol­low­ing “Pipe Dreams’,” re­lease, Salling told The As­so­ci­ated Press he had been a singer-song­writer long be­fore he be­came an ac­tor.

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