Mark Salling commits suicide after being sentenced in child pornography case. Social media reacts.

Mark Salling reportedly committed suicide today after pleading guilty to procession of child abuse images. Mark is notable for his role in the musical comedy drama Glee which aired on Fox network in the United States from May 2009 to March 2015.

This is second star of the hit show to have died from suicide, the first being Cory Monteith from an unrelated incident in 2013.

Salling with three other Glee stars - Cory Monteith, second left, died in 2013

Salling started his acting career in Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996), then went on to a role in The Graveyard (2006) and finally Glee in 2008 as the character Noah “Puck” Puckerman. After four seasons he was released from a full-time role in the show and continued on with guest appearances.

According to court documents that circulated last year, Salling stated: “I am pleading guilty because I am guilty of the charges and wish to take advantage of the promises set forth in this agreement, and not for any other reason.”

Salling had pleaded guilty in October last year to possession of the images

His legal problems started in 2013 when a woman accused Salling of forcing her to have unprotected sex without consent which carries a charge of sexual battery. Although he originally denied the charge in March 2015 he settled with the woman civilly. In December of the same year he was arrested at his home in Los Angeles for suspicion of possession of several thousand photos and videos depicting child pornography. By May 2016 he was charged and in September of 2017 his trial began and he was sentenced after confessing to possession of child pornography.

Salling's Los Angeles home - he was found dead nearby, reports say

Michael J. Proctor did not reveal his client’s cause of death – his body was reportedly found in a field close to his home after a “welfare check” 911 call at 8.50am.

He could have been dead for some time, the Mirror reports.

Mark Salling has died of an apparent suicide, according to US reports

In a statement his family said: “Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistake and errors of judgement.

“He is survived by his mother and father, and brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”-The Sun

His body was found in a field near to his home - the cause of death has not been confirmed

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https://twitter.com/slxtrauhlss/status/958424172601991174

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