Matthew Morrison & Other Glee Co-Stars React to Mark Salling’s Death

The Glee gang lost another member on Tuesday after Mark Salling died from an apparent suicide. TMZ reports the actor’s body was found hanged near a river close to his home in California. Following news of his death, Matthew Morrison, Jane Lynch and some of Mark’s other Glee co-stars sent their condolences.

Matthew, who played Mark’s teacher Mr. Shuester on the show, posted an Instagram photo of himself, Mark and Cory Monteith, who died in 2013 of a drug overdose. Though he didn’t write any words, he shared the image alongside a sad face and two angel emojis.

Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina on Glee commented on the Matthew’s post with a heart emoji and Jane, who played Sue Sylvester, told TMZ that the news was “sad, very tragic” and that she was “broken-hearted a bit.” She said she will remember Mark “as the guy who made that who made that sweet video at the beginning of Glee when he was so happy to be part of this group.”

Glee producer Tim Davis also expressed his condolences, while acknowledging Mark’s crimes. His tweets came after the cast and crew came under fire on social media for sharing tributes without mentioning that the troubled actor pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography a few months ago. His sentencing was set to take place in March and he was expected to face five to seven years in prison after a plea deal.

Today we lost another #Glee cast member.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.

— Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018

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. 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.

— Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018

Iqbal Theba, who played Principal Figgins, tweeted “Oh Mark,” and Paris Barclay, who directed several episodes of Glee, shared a throwback pic of Mark and Corey on set.

It’s a painful loss, again. Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling

— Paris Barclay (@Harparbar) January 30, 2018

Lea Michele, Naya Riviera (who Mark had previously dated), and Glee creator Ryan Murphy have yet to comment on Mark’s death. However, that may or may not have something to do with his legal troubles.

Shortly after news of his death, Mark’s attorney released a statement:

I can confirm that Mark Salling 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 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.

Sources close to Mark say he was very lonely before his apparent suicide and that he knew he would have nothing to come back to after he went to prison.

“He was in a dark place. He was very lonely,” one of Mark’s former friends told Us Weekly. “He was going to prison soon. Whoever was in his life pretty much cut him off. There were certain people he would talk to here and there but he lost all his true friendships.”

If you (or anyone you know) are thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.

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