“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” the actor’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor, said in a statement. “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.”
According to TMZ, authorities found his body in a riverbed in Sunland, California, where he lived. Salling was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. He struck a plea deal in October 2017 which was expected to give him four to seven years in prison.