FORMER Glee cast and crew members turned to social media after news broke that star Mark Salling had apparently committed suicide, weeks after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

Producer Tim Davis expressed his condolences, while acknowledging the 35-year-old actor's crimes. Salling had been scheduled for sentencing in March, and faced five to seven years in prison.

"Today we lost another #Glee cast member. Yes, he committed crimes against children. Yes, it's horrific. But #MarkSalling was a broken man … I loved Mark, and am sad when I consider the devastation of his parents. PLEASE withhold your cruel comments," Davis tweeted.


"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," he continued. "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."

Salling's co-star Jane Lynch retweeted Davis' latter statement.

However, many criticised Davis' sentiments:












Glee director Paris Barclay shared a photo of Salling and late co-star Cory Monteith filming the hit Fox series and wrote, "It's a painful loss, again. Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling."

Salling's lawyer confirmed his death to Page Six on Tuesday.

Salling (centre) on Glee. Picture: Channel Ten
Salling (centre) on Glee. Picture: Channel Ten

"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."

Salling's Glee co-star Matthew Morrison today posted a photo of himself standing between Salling and fellow Glee star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose in 2013 aged 31.


A post shared by Matthew Morrison (@_matthew.morrison_) on

Speaking to paparazzi, former Glee star Jane Lynch said she was "sad" about his death.

"It's tragic and I'm broken-hearted over it," she told TMZ.

Salling played Noah "Puck" Puckerman on Glee, which ran from 2009 to 2015.


This story originally ran on the New York Post and is republished here with permission.


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