Mark Salling’s death has been confirmed in a statement issued by his lawyer
The American actor Mark Salling, known for his role in the TV series Glee, has been found dead near his Los Angeles home, his lawyer confirmed to the BBC.
US media reports are suggesting that he may have taken his own life, although this is not yet confirmed.
The 35-year-old, who appeared in the hit show as Noah “Puck” Puckerman from 2009 to 2015, recently pleaded guilty to possessing child sex abuse images, and was due to be sentenced on March 7th of this year.
Salling played footballer Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Glee from 2009 to 2015.
The disgraced actor was expected to receive a sentence of between four and seven years in prison after pleading guilty to his charges.
He had entered into a plea deal with prosecutors last October, in order to avoid a lengthier prison sentence of up to 20 years.
He was arrested in 2015 after a tip-off that he was in possession of illegal images of children, and investigators eventually found thousands of abuse images on his laptop and hard drive.
Salling’s lawyer, Michael J Proctor, said in a statement: “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 judgement.
“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.”
The statement from his lawyer did not confirm whether or not Salling had taken his own life.