Mark Salling, the former Glee actor who played bad boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the show for six years, has been found dead at the age of 35.
His attorney Michael J Proctor, verified the news 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 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.”
In October, Mark pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, and avoided a 20-year jail sentence in the process.
He was arrested in 2015, and in 2016 pleaded not guilty to charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
Mark originally faced 20 years in prison, but documents obtained by several outlets show that he entered into a plea bargain with California’s district attorney.
Prosecutors said that more than 50 000 indecent images and videos were found on Mark’s laptop, with some of the victims as young as three to five years old, and a further 4 000 images and 160 videos found on his flash drive.
The 35-year-old actor, who played Puckerman from 2009 to 2015, was been ordered to pay the equivalent of R638 000 to each victim, and was facing between four and seven years in prison. However, the sentence was yet to be officially approved by a federal judge.
As part of his plea bargain, TMZ reports, Mark was made to undertake counselling, and subject to 20 years supervised release with restrictions on his interactions with under-18s.
Mark was to be registered as a sex offender, and not allowed to live within view of parks, playgrounds, school yards, or any other places where under-18s could be expected to hang out.
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