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Story by LB Rogers / Contributing Writer
“Glee” actor Mark Salling was reported dead Tuesday from apparent suicide by several news outlets. He was 35.
Salling was recently charged with possession of child pornography after authorities found over 50,000 images and 600 videos depicting child pornography on his personal devices. He pleaded guilty and was awaiting his sentencing date in March. Salling was facing four to seven years in prison.
Salling played Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox show “Glee” for several seasons. He was also casted to play in this year’s film “Gods and Secrets” but was dropped upon his indictment.
Fox nor the producers of “Glee” have made a statement regarding Salling’s death. Most of the cast and crew have been silent, as well.
Damian McGinty, who played Rory Flanagan, tweeted a brief, un-pointed statement.
Be kind. Life's too short. ❤️
— Damian Mc Ginty (@damianmcginty) January 31, 2018
Fans and skeptics, though, have not remained so quiet, with most Twitter users’ comments revolving around suicide prevention.
View reactions below.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.#MarkSalling
— David Robert (@DavidRobert) January 30, 2018
If anyone from the glee fandom needs to talk please inbox me we don't even need to be mutuals i'm here for you. We all understand that while we may not be mourning the loss of mark because of his actions, it is still so surreal. He was our puck, we get that. #marksalling
— Smoaking Steph (@emilybettIotz) January 30, 2018
Yes #MarkSalling had his demons. This isn’t the time for cruel comments on those demons. This is the time though to talk about #mentalhealth & to creating a world where #suicide stops being the solution. My prayers go out to the #Glee cast and Mark’s family. #STOPSuicide
— Michael Dean Shelton (@michaeldean0116) January 30, 2018
Mark Salling was a man with many demons. He made mistakes that can never be made up for. But that does not mean rejoicing in his death. His character and life touched many, including me, more positive than negative. I'm sorry this was his only way of feeling peace. #MarkSalling
— Nøah Barth (@NoahBarth) January 30, 2018
I'm going to keep my #MarkSalling suicide thoughts to myself. Mainly because I have mixed emotions & don't know how to feel about it. So I can't imagine what the family & victims alike are going through. People should be mindful, this is a sensitive situation.
— Claire (@Claire788) January 31, 2018
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