'Glee' Actor Mark Salling Dies of Apparent Suicide Before Facing Sentencing for Child Pornography Charges


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Mark Salling, known for his role as Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee,” died by suicide, TMZ reported on Tuesday. He was 35 years old.

In October, Salling pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and was set to be sentenced in March. According to TMZ, he was expected to get four to seven years in prison as part of a plea deal.

In light of the charges, public reaction has been mixed.

The final episode of “Glee” aired in March 2015. Salling also released a solo album in 2010.

If this news is hard for you, know you are not alone — and there is help for people who are feeling suicidal. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

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If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

If you or a loved one is affected by sexual abuse or assault and need help, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

Lead photo via Mark Salling’s Facebook page


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