‘Glee’ Fans Torn About Mark Salling’s Death: ‘He Clearly Dealt With a Lot of Demons’

“Glee” alum was found dead of an apparent suicide as he awaited sentencing for possession of child pornography

Last Updated: January 30, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

Former “Glee” star Mark Salling was found dead of an apparent suicide on Tuesday, forcing fans of the hit Fox dramedy to confront the actor’s troubled life as they mourned his death.

“Mark Salling did horrible things that he hadn’t yet face the consequences for, but he also played a part in a show that meant the world to a lot of people,” wrote one Twitter user. “It’s okay to have mixed feelings, without defending him. But remember that suicide is never the answer.”

Salling’s death came as he awaited sentencing in March after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. In the October plea agreement, Salling admitted to possessing approximately 25,000 images of children engaged in sexual conduct. He was facing four to seven years in prison.

Salling previously attempted suicide last year, according to TMZ, which first reported the news of the actor’s death. The gossip site reported in October that he was hospitalized following an attempt to take his own life ahead of his plea agreement.

“You’ll rarely hear the stories of unknown children and adults who commit suicide over their sexual abuse and exploitation by pedophiles. But they exist. They’re all too common,” writer Charlotte Clymer wrote on in a tweet on Tuesday including the hashtag #MarkSalling.

The situation was complicated even more by the fact that “Glee” fans have had to mourn one of the show’s young stars once before.

Cory Monteith, who served as the show’s male lead for four seasons, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013. The show paid tribute to the late actor in a fifth-season episode where Monteith’s character was revealed to have died off-screen and was mourned by the other characters.

Some fans were quick to compare the deaths of the two young actors — Salling was 35, and Monteith was 31 — but others were not happy that the accidental death of an addict who had made multiple attempts at recovery was being conflated with the suicide of a man awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges.

“It’s sad, but Mark Salling’s death was because he couldn’t face the consequences of his disgusting actions. And that makes it worse,” wrote one user. “Please do not compare him to Cory Monteith. Separate entities.”

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