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Glee star Mark Salling found dead at 35 in apparent suicide

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Actor Mark Salling arrives at the premiere of Fox Television's "Glee" at Paramount Studios on September 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Glee star Mark Salling has been found dead near his home in Los Angeles.

His death is being investigated as a suicide.

The 35-year-old actor, best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Glee from 2009 to 2015, pleaded guilty last year to possessing child sex abuse images.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03:  Mark Salling arrives for a court appearance at United States Courthouse - Central District of California on June 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  Salling is turning himself in to federal authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned on two charges of child pornography.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


He was expected to be handed between four and seven years in prison at his sentencing on March 7.

Salling was arrested in 2015 after police received a tip-off.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13:  Actors Mark Salling and Heather Morris on stage at  The Paley Center For Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA - "Glee" at Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Prosecutors said that investigators ultimately found more than 50,000 child abuse images on his laptop and hard drive.

The actor entered into a plea deal in October, which allowed him to avoid a longer sentence of up to 20 years.

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