US actor Mark Salling, known for his role in the musical TV series ‘Glee’, has been found dead near his Los Angeles home, his lawyer confirmed.
Media reports suggest he may have taken his own life.
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 35-year-old actor was expected to get between four and seven years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child sex abuse images, his sentencing was due on March 7.
He entered into a plea deal last October, avoiding a lengthier prison sentence of up to 20 years.
It was in 2015 when Mark was arrested after a tip-off that he was in possession of images of children being sexually abused, thousands of images and videos were found on his laptop and hard drive.
From 2009 to 2015, Salling played footballer Noah Puckerman on Glee.