Former Glee actor Mark Salling has died age 35, from apparent suicide. The actor found fame on the hit Fox show as Noah 'Puck' Puckerman, and was a firm fan favorite.
At the height of Glee's popularity, Salling was a regular on the show and toured the world with the cast. However, after the show came to an end in 2015, the actor next made the headlines when he was arrested for possession of child pornography. Police found more than 50,000 images of child porn on a computer and a thumb drive. Salling had plead guilty to the charges and was due to be sentenced on March 7.
TMZ broke the news of Salling's death, adding that it was from an apparent suicide. Salling's body was discovered near to his home in Sunland, LA; it is believed he had been dead for some time. It is also alleged that police received a call to make a welfare check on the actor, which lead to the discovery of his body. The actor had not worked since Glee.
Salling had struck a plea deal with police, and was expected to serve 4 to 7 years in jail as punishment for his crime. He would also have been required to register as a sex offender. It's also thought that Salling was on medication for depression, and made an apparent suicide attempt in August 2017 when he cut his wrists.
The news of Salling's death comes as another blow to the Glee fandom; Cory Monteith who played Finn Hudson, died from an accidental drug overdose in 2013 after having completed rehab to try and cure his addiction. Recently, another Glee star, Naya Rivera, hit the headlines when she was arrested on domestic battery charges against her husband, Ryan Dorsey. However, the charges have since been dropped at the request of her now estranged husband.
Meanwhile, other former Glee actors continue to make headlines for all the right reasons. Amber Riley, who played Mercedes Jones on the show, enjoyed a hugely successful run in London's West End playing Effie White in Dreamgirls, which saw her winning an Olivier award for the role. Chris Colfer, who broke boundaries as Kurt Hummel, one half of 'Klaine', is a top selling children's author with a movie in the works, while his on-screen love interest, Darren Criss, is starring in FX's American Crime Story: Versace, playing Andrew Cunanan, the killer of the fashion designer.