AceShowbiz - Los Angeles Coroner's office ruled on Thursday, February 1 that "Glee" alum Mark Salling died in a suicide by hanging. According to Los Angeles Coronoer Assistant Chief Ed Winter, the cause of death was asphyxia by hanging.
Winter added that the actor's autopsy had been completed and the body can now be picked up by family. The full autopsy report is not yet available and Winter refused to disclose whether Salling left a suicide note.
Previous report suggested that the 35-year-old actor "distanced himself very much from the friends he was closest to" and friends believed that Salling was "troubled and tormented."
Salling's "Glee" co-star Jane Lynch recently opened up about "troubled" Salling. "It's been tough. He was a troubled, troubled guy, and he always was," Lynch told Us Weekly at Adopt the Arts' Annual Rock Gala on Wednesday, January 31. "This is a very sad end to it, but I know that he's at peace now. He's in the arms of a beneficent force."
"I know life was very, very hard for Mark," Lynch continued. "I think we all do the best we can at the end of the day. I know that Mark did the best he could."
The 57-year-old actress, who appeared on the FOX musical series alongside Salling from 2009 to 2015, recalled, "He took videos of the stages and everything. He was so happy to be coming to work, to be on the show."
"He wrote a song and videotaped his day being on 'Glee'. Driving into the Paramount lot … at that time he was living on a cot in a little room. It was a big jump for him in his career, and also, he had a job and was in with this group of really great kids," she shared with the magazine. "I think he knew that he was breathing rarefied air. There was so much joy and happiness in his musical video that he shot for himself. FOX made him take it down. But it was a sweet, beautiful expression of his joy and being in 'Glee'."
Salling was found dead by hanging at a park near his home in the northeast San Fernando Valley on Tuesday morning, January 30. He died weeks before his sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors.
Salling was arrested in 2015 after investigators found more than 50,000 images of child porn and child erotica on his personal computer. The prosecution recommended 4 to 7 years in prison under the plea deal.