The details surrounding Mark Salling's suicide are still developing, but it is being reported that his victims will be able to sue the late Glee actor for his crimes. Before his death, Mark agreed to a plea deal and was set to be sentenced after police discovered thousands of images of child pornography on his personal computer.
His plea deal also stipulated that Mark would be required to pay victims $50,000 each in restitution. Since he died before he was sentenced, TMZ claims the judge has lost power to order payment to the victims. However, that does not mean Mark's estate can't be sued for damages for his transgressions.
As previously reported, Mark — who played bad boy Puck on the FOX musical series — committed suicide by hanging and his body was found near a Los Angeles riverbed on Tuesday, Jan. 30. His lawyer confirmed the news shortly after the discovery. "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 in his statement. "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 35-year-old was facing four to seven years behind bars followed by two decades of supervised release. He would have had to also register as a sex offender, which requires pedophiles to stay at least 100 feet away from schools, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, and video arcade venues.
Mark's former co-stars have spoken out following his unexpected death. Jane Lynch, who starred alongside the Texas native as coach Sue Sylvester, called the incident "sad and very tragic," while Matthew Morrison, aka Mr. Schuester, also paid tribute to Mark and Cory Monteith on Instagram. A source revealed to Life & Style that Lea Michele was taking the news very hard. "It’s particularly heartbreaking for her after Cory's death,” the insider said. “She can’t believe another person from the cast is gone.”
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.