The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office released the death certificate of Mark Salling, the former “Glee” star who was slated to be sentenced after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.
The certificate was filed in Los Angeles County, and it listed his cause of death as “asphyxia” and “hanging.” It said that he “hanged self with ligature,” saying he died near a riverbed.
According to TMZ, the coroner’s office already listed his cause of death was suicide. It is unclear if there were any substances in his body prior to the incident.
Salling, 35, previously pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Following his January death, it was reported that victims could lose their restitution.
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— TMZ (@TMZ) January 31, 2018
TMZ reported Jan. 31 that “the judge must first sentence the defendant. Salling’s sentencing was scheduled for March but since he hanged himself prior to the sentencing.” It means that the plea deal wasn’t complete, and the judge lost power to order the payment to the victims in the case.
However, the victims can still sue his estate.
“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment,” his attorney Michael Proctor told People magazine after his death. “He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”
— ExtraTV (@extratv) January 31, 2018
Salling was known for playing character Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox series “Glee” from 2009 until 2015.
Salling was arrested on Dec. 29, 2015, when investigators found thousands of files of child pornography on his laptop, a hard drive, and a thumb drive. A woman who he had dated told officials about the files.
If you or someone you know might be suicidal, consider contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK, texting the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
It comes more than four years after fellow “Glee” star Cory Monteith was found dead in Vancouver, Canada. He reportedly died of a drug overdose.
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