The Glee Cast React To The Death Of Mark Salling
Salling starred as Noah Puckerman on the series from 2009-2015.
The actor had been awaiting sentencing after he pled guilty to possession of child pornography. At the time, authorities said they found more than 25,000 indecent images and 600 videos across various computers and hard-drives belonging to him.
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While the cast of Glee have remained largely silent on his apparent suicide, some former castmembers have come forward to publicly comment on Mark’s death.
Matthew Morrison – who played Will Schuester in the series – recognised the death of Salling and Cory Monteith, who died of an overdose in 2013. He captioned an Instagram of the three of them together with two angel emojis and a frown emoji.
Meanwhile, Iqbal Theba, who played Principal Figgins on the show, posted a tweet reading:
“Oh Mark. His death is painful for me Some of u might know him for only his flaws but I also knew him as someone who was great to work with & was kind to my kids. I truly wish he’d fought his demons &atoned himself & came out a winner. May we all find solace in some of his gentler memories."
As Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester on the show, RT’d the message: “Today we lost another #Glee cast member. Yes, he committed crimes against children.Yes, it’s horrific. But #MarkSalling was a broken man, no doubt an abuse victim himself. I loved Mark, and am sad when I consider the devastation of his parents. PLEASE withhold your cruel comments.
“Let me be clear. Having compassion for #MarkSalling in no way minimizes his crimes, nor does it minimize the pain and devastation of the victims of those crimes. I’m just saying stop adding to his family’s pain. This was their son. If you’re without sin, feel free to cast stones.”
In a conversation with a TMZ camera crew, Lynch called Mark’s death “sad and very tragic.”
Salling’s attorney Michael J. Proctor said of his death: “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.
“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.”