Glee stars mourn loss of disgraced co-star Mark Salling

  • 31/01/2018

Stars of the television show Glee have spoken out following the death of their disgraced former co-star.

Mark Salling appears to have committed suicide at age 35, following a guilty plea to possessing child pornography in October 2017.

The actor's former co-stars and producers from the musical comedy he starred on from 2009 to 2015 have turned to social media to share their mixed thoughts and reactions, and condolences for Salling's family.

Matthew Morrison, who played enthusiastic singing coach Will Schuester on the television show, posted a photo on Instragram of himself and Salling, alongside another deceased former co-star Cory Monteith. Monteith died in 2013 from a combination of heroin and alcohol. Morrison captioned the photo with two angel emojis and a crying face.

Jenna Ushkowitz, who played Tina on the show, commented on the photo with a heart emoji.

Iqbal Theba, who played school principal Principal Figgins, simply tweeted, "Oh Mark." 

He then followed it up with a photo of the cast after they won a SAG award during their first season.  

Producer Tim Davis who worked on over 70 episodes of the show wrote of his sadness that "today we lost another Glee cast member".

"Yes, he committed crimes against children.Yes, it's horrific. But #MarkSalling was a broken man, no doubt an abuse victim himself. I loved Mark, and am sad when I consider the devastation of his parents. PLEASE withhold your cruel comments," he tweeted.

His words were retweeted by Jane Lynch, who played Sue Sylvester on the show. She also reportedly told a TMZ photographer she was "brokenhearted" over her former co-star's death.

Paris Barclay, who directed several episodes of Glee, also shared a throwback photo of Monteith and Salling. "It's a painful loss, again," the director shared. "Two young actors, lost too soon. RIP #marksalling."