Former Glee star Mark Salling was scheduled to appear in court in March to be sentenced after pleading guilty to one count of child pornography. However, the actor never saw that day after committing suicide on Jan. 30. The cause of his death has since been confirmed as asphyxia by hanging, and one friend is coming forward to provide more details about Mark’s final days.

Hudson Wells revealed to In Touch exclusively that Mark, 35, had been struggling to come to terms with his criminal conviction. “He came to my house after the arrest and broke down,” Hudson said. “He said there was no going back and this was the end.” It also didn’t help that Mark was dealing with his problems alone. “His friends abandoned him,” his pal added. “That was probably one of the main reasons he took his own life. It’s sad.”

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Hudson continued, “He was going downhill for a long time.” Mark was arrested in 2015, after over 50,000 pornographic images of children as young as three were found on his personal computer. Nearly three years later, his body was found hanging from a tree near his home in Sunland, Calif. His ex-girlfriend Aurelie Wynn also recently revealed that the actor would have her dress up in children’s clothing due to her small physique. “Back then, I looked really, really young,” she told Radar Online. “I always did the 18 and younger acting jobs, I had no boobs at all. My body was like that of a 12-year-old girl or boy… I look more curvaceous now and I’ve since had a boob job.”

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However, despite his troubled past, his Glee co-stars are saddened by his passing, including Lea Michele. “Lea is having a really hard time with Mark’s death. Of course, they weren’t close in recent years. But while they were filming Glee, Lea considered Mark a brother,” a source told Life & Style. “It’s particularly heartbreaking for her after Cory [Monteith]’s death. 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.

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