The child porn victims in Mark Salling’s case might get nothing if they don’t sue the actor’s estate. They have lost the chance of getting $50,000 each in restitution, as the Glee star never made it to the sentence day.

Mark Salling tragically ended his own life by hanging himself on Tuesday, January 30. The body of the 35-year-old was found by law enforcement in a riverbed area near his home in Sunland. He had apparently hanged himself.

From the first information, it was unclear how the police discovered the body, but as the case unraveled, TMZ reports that it was chance that led them to it. The officers were in the area for an unrelated case. They saw a car in the area, which they have learned belonged to Mark Salling. By that time, he was already reported missing and upon receiving that information from the station, they started searching for him. Soon after, they found him hanging from a tree, lifeless.

Within the past months, there was no doubt that the actor was suicidal. In the summer of last year, he had tried to take his own life by cutting his wrists. He was found by his roommate in the bathroom, panicked and semi-conscious. 911 was called and he was rushed to the hospital.

35-year-old Mark Salling had pleaded guilty for two counts of child pornography in August 2017. He was awaiting his sentence, which would have been given in March. Without the plea bargain he could have ended up spending almost two decades behind bars.

As part of the sentence, the judge would have ordered him to pay $50,000 in restitution for each victim. But since he is now dead, there is nobody to be given the sentence. This leaves the victims with only one possibility to get some closure and some financial gain: to sue Mark’s estate for the damages they have endured.