A spokesperson for the coroner’s office in Los Angeles confirmed the Mark Salling suicide scenario on Thursday. The Glee star hanged himself earlier this week, at the age of 35.
It was expected that the coroner’s office would confirm the Mark Salling suicide. The autopsy determined that the 35-year-old died from asphyxia.
Salling, who was mostly known for his role as villain Puck on the musical series Glee, was awaiting a sentence for two counts of child pornography. The sentence should have been given in March and would have landed him in prison for at least four years. Aside from that, he would have had to pay each of his victims $50,000 in restitution, money that they won’t see now, that he is dead.
Salling’s body was found on Tuesday, hanging from a tree near a riverbed, by a patrol that had been dispatched earlier, for a totally different case. When noticing a car parked in the area and no owner around, the officers communicated with the police station and found out it belonged to the actor, who had been declared missing just hours earlier. When discovered, Salling had been dead for some time.
After finding out the news on his sudden death, numerous fellow actors and musicians paid him a tribute, despite the criminal charges brought to him. Jane Lynch told TMZ she was “broken-hearted” over the news. Tim Davis even took to Twitter to express how his sympathy for Salling could not be overshadowed by his deeds and added that he was a sick man who needed help.
The Mark Salling suicide seems to continue last year’s legacy of tragic endings. Numerous world famous celebrities died of an apparent suicide in the past 12 months. Of them, we remind musicians Chris Cornell, Chester Bennington, YouTube star Stevie Ryan, former Ghostbusters actor Henry Deutschendorf – all four, suicide by hanging – and recently The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan.