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‘Glee’ star Mark Salling, who pleaded guilty to child pornography charge, found dead of apparent suicide

WESTWOOD, CA - AUGUST 06: Actor Mark Salling arrives at the Premiere Of Twentieth Century Fox's "Glee The 3D Concert Movie" at the Regency Village Theater on August 6, 2011 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Actor Mark Salling, best known for his role in the popular TV series “Glee,” has been found dead of an apparent suicide, TMZ reports.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed his death to KTLA, saying Salling hanged himself.

According to TMZ, Salling’s body was found hanging from a tree near a baseball field.

Salling, 35, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors late last year.

Prosecutors say a search warrant found more than 50,000 images of underage children on his computer.

He was awaiting sentencing which was set for March 7th.

According to TMZ, he was expected to get 4 to 7 years in prison as part of a plea deal.