As many know, Glee actor Mark Salling committed suicide near his home in California this past January. And a March 19th Los Angeles Coroner report revealed a key detail about his death: Namely, that Salling had consumed alcohol before taking his own life (but there was no evidence of drugs in his system).
Salling was found in the Los Angeles River area of Sunland, California on January 30th with a blood alcohol level of 0.095, about .015 units above the legal limit. The coroner report also noted that Salling had attempted suicide once before. E! News reports that Salling was watching TV with his father before his mother noticed that he disappeared around midnight on January 29th.
Salling is best known for playing high school jock Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the hit TV show Glee, which he starred in for four seasons, earning him several nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the SAG awards. In 2013, Salling began to appear only as a recurring guest. That same year Salling’s then-girlfriend, Roxanne Gorzela, accused him of sexual battery.
Two years later in 2015, his girlfriend at the time reported him to police for possession of child pornography, with federal investigators finding 25,000 images and 600 videos of prepubescent children on his laptop and on external drives. Salling pleaded guilty to his crimes in October 2017, and was expected to be sentenced to four to seven years in prison this month (March 2018).
As a family source told People.com, “it was clear [Salling] was dealing with demons” in the last several years of his life.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).