Friend Says Former ‘Glee’ Actor Mark Salling Was ‘Devout Christian’ Before Suicide Over Child Porn

Former “Glee” actor Mark Salling, who was discovered dead from an apparent suicide in Los Angeles on Tuesday, was once a “devout Christian” who loved birdwatching prior to his arrest for child pornography in 2015.

Stephi Duckula, president and founder of the Echo Park Ornithology Club in Los Angeles, told People magazine that Salling, who was 35 at the time of his death, was one of the first members of the club when she started it 10 years ago and she had no idea that he was a star at the time.

“I didn’t even know he was an actor when I met him,” she said. “I just knew he really enjoyed playing music. I went to see his band play a few times, and he just genuinely enjoyed playing music and playing with birds. I knew he was a very devout Christian when I met him, and he also liked playing Frisbee golf. He liked being in the outdoors and doing things like that.”

The Los Angeles Police Department said Salling was found dead at about 8:50 a.m. Tuesday outside in the northeast San Fernando Valley in an apparent suicide by hanging.

“I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,” Salling’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor, told E! News in a statement Tuesday. “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 judgment. He is survived by his mother and father, and his brother. The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.”

Salling, who played Noah “Puck” Puckerman on “Glee” signed a plea deal in September to plead guilty and register as a sex offender for possession of child pornography. He was expected to be sentenced in March.

Investigators found more than 50,000 images and hundreds of child pornography videos on his laptop and thumb drive after reportedly receiving a tip from a girlfriend about his habit. Federal prosecutors said some of the girls in the images were as young as 3 to 5 years old.

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Source: Christian Post