Warning: This article contains distressing content involving suicide.
Yesterday, news broke that Glee star Mark Salling was found dead from an apparent suicide, just weeks before he was set to be sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.
Now, more details surrounding the star's passing have been uncovered as officials have made their way through the scene.
Drug related paraphernalia was found by Salling's body, indicating that he was under the influence at the time of his suicide.
However, after testing his drug and alcohol levels, it was determined that there were no drugs in his system at the time of his death.
The park in which he was found is reportedly notorious for drug use, therefore it is likely that the items belonged to someone else.
“The area is known to be frequented by drug users,” the insider told Radar Online.
Salling's attorney Michael Proctor has released a statement regarding Mark's passing to People magazine:
“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 said.
“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.”
The actor's Glee co-stars and crew have since taken to Twitter to share their grief over his passing.
The news comes shortly after the 35-year-old plead guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor in open court. Police found more than 50,000 “sexually charged” images and videos of child victims aged three to five on Salling's computers and hard drives after being tipped off by his ex-girlfriends who had seen the footage. Salling was set to receive his sentencing in March and was expected to face four to seven years in prison.
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