Former Glee Actor Mark Salling Dead After Child Porn Guilty Plea

Salling was facing four to seven years in prison.

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.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Salling was reported missing about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Salling’s character on “Glee” was a member of the school’s football team who ends up joining the glee club. One of his character’s friends was another jock-turned-singer, Finn Hudson, who was played by Cory Monteith.

Monteith died in 2013 from a toxic mix of alcohol and heroin, according to a coroner’s finding.

Salling was born on Aug. 17, 1982, and grew up in Dallas. His survivors include his parents and a brother.

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