Former Glee’ star Mark Sailing has died in what police are classifying as an “apparent suicide” just weeks before the former actor was set to be sentenced to prison time on possession of child pornography charges.




People Magazine (@people) reports, Sailing’s attorney, Michael Proctor gave People magazine the following statement:



“I can confirm that Mark Sailing passed away early this morning. 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 judgement. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Sailing family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”




Police received a call to do a “welfare check” on Sailing early Tuesday morning. Somehow the visit to the house led police to a baseball field where Sailings’ body was found. Police say Sailing had been dead for awhile when his body was discovered. Law Enforcement reports that Sailing was found hanging from a tree. The initial “welfare check” on Sailing was the result of a family member going to the police station at 3am to file a missing persons report on Sailing. Mark Sailing’s death was officially ruled a suicide as no foul play has been detected. Mark Sailing was 35-years old.



Mark Sailing, who starred on the hit show “Glee” as Noah “Puck” Puckerman from 2009 – 2015, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and faces four to seven years in prison, with 20 years supervised release when sentenced.



Variety (@variety) reports that Sailing will also be ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to each of the victims who request it. Sailing will also be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison.



Sailing was first arrested for possession of child pornography in December 2015, when his home was searched by the Los Angeles Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.



The plea agreement filed with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California says Sailing plead guilty to “one count of felony  possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.” The filing states that more than 50,000 images and videos of child porn and erotica were found on his laptop, in addition to about 4,000 images and 160 videos of child porn found on his USB flash drive.