TV

Reports: Former ‘Glee’ star Mark Salling, a Dallas native, dies at 35

Mark Salling in a 2015 file photo. The former ‘Glee’ star was a 2001 graduate of Lake Highlands High School in Dallas.
Mark Salling in a 2015 file photo. The former ‘Glee’ star was a 2001 graduate of Lake Highlands High School in Dallas. AP

Mark Salling, a Dallas native best-known for playing tough jock Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the TV series “Glee,” has died at age 35, according to reports.

The Hollywood Reporter’s story says that the “cause and manner” of death are unclear, but also links to TMZ’s story, which says that the death was apparently a suicide.

The former “Glee” star had recently pled guilty to possession of child pornography, according to THR. His sentencing was scheduled for March 7. He had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in October after acknowledging that he possessed images of prepubescent children, according to the Reporter. The charge stems from an arrest in December 2015, the same year that “Glee” went off the air.

After “Glee” premiered in 2009, Salling was occasionally spotted around Dallas, including at a 2011 Super Bowl party at the W Dallas Victory Hotel. According to his Internet Movie Database bio, he was a 2001 graduate of Lake Highlands High School, where he often participated in school talent shows. After graduating, he attended the Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in Pasadena, California, and began studying guitar. He released a couple of CDs, including 2010’s “Pipe Dreams.”

Salling also appeared in a 1999 episode of the North Texas-filmed “Walker, Texas Ranger,” according to IMDb.

This story includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

  Comments