Gwendolyn Purdom
February 01, 2018 12:25 pm
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Days after Glee actor Mark Salling was found dead from an apparent suicide, those who knew him are reacting to his passing and the events that preceded it. At the time of his death, Salling had been awaiting sentencing for child pornography possession, charges he’d pleaded guilty to in October. Only a handful of Mark Salling’s former co-stars have commented on his death — including Matthew Morrison — and now, we’re getting word that his family is “devastated.”

A source reportedly close to Salling’s family told People that his parents are understandably having a hard time processing both his death, and the crimes he’d admitted to in the past several months:

In addition to charges that Salling had more than 25,000 pornographic images and 600 videos of children on his computer, the actor had previously been accused of other crimes including rape, and sexual abuse and battery of a former girlfriend.

Another family source told People that Salling, who was 35, “grew up in a really loving and supportive home with incredible parents.” Salling is from Dallas and moved to Los Angeles to pursue music before joining the Glee cast in 2009.

Glee producer Tim Davis followed up an initial January 30th tweet asking fans to “consider the devastation of [Salling’s] parents” by clarifying that having compassion doesn’t minimize the severity of Salling’s crimes. It’s a position others in Hollywood who’ve remarked on the situation seem to echo.

People’s family source went on to say that members of Salling’s family haven’t had much contact with him in recent years, and suggested that he may have been maintaining distance with loved ones because he knew what he was doing was wrong.

Our thoughts are with Salling’s family during this difficult time, and his victims.

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