Former “Glee” star Mark Salling was founded dead by the Los Angeles Police Department on Tuesday in an apparent suicide, which came before he was set to be sentenced to four to seven years in prison for child porn charges. Now, his former colleagues are coming forward to remember Salling in an attempt to separate his criminal conviction from his time on the show.
“Today we lost another #Glee cast member,” tweeted Tim Davis, the show’s former vocal coordinator. “Yes, he committed crimes against children. Yes, it’s horrific. But #MarkSalling was a broken man, no doubt an abuse victim himself. I loved Mark, and am sad when I consider the devastation of his parents. PLEASE withhold your cruel comments.”
Salling, who was 35 years old, becomes the second “Glee” alum to pass away unexpectedly. Former star Cory Monteith died in 2013 at age 31 when he accidentally mixed a lethal amount of heroin and alcohol after battling a long-term addiction with opioids.
“Let me be clear. Having compassion for #MarkSalling in no way minimizes his crimes, nor does it minimize the pain and devastation of the victims of those crimes,” Davis continued. “I’m just saying stop adding to his family’s pain. This was their son. If you’re without sin, feel free to cast stones.”
Jane Lynch retweeted Davis’s message and offered a fond memory of Salling to TMZ.
“As the guy who made that really sweet video in the beginning of Glee when he was so happy to be a part of this group,” Lynch said of how she would remember Salling.
Matthew Morrison, who starred as Will Schuester on “Glee,” took to Instagram to share a picture of himself flanked by Monteith and Salling. He captioned the picture with two angel emojis.