Actor Mark Salling’s apparent suicide prompted a massive reaction from “Glee” fans and social media this week, but not all of them were condolences.
According to earlier reports, the actor’s body was allegedly found hanging in a remote area of Los Angeles’ Sunland neighborhood on Tuesday.
Despite the loss of life, many social media users said they didn’t feel “sympathy” due to his previous arrest record.
The 35-year-old was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of “25,000 still images of child pornography, 600 videos depicting child pornography, and 29,000 images of child erotica” in 2017.
Salling was publicly humiliated after the arrest, but one person allegedly always stood by his side — his mom.@MarkSalling/Twitter
A source told Us Weekly that the actor’s mother, Condy Sue, was always his “biggest defender.”
The Texas mom was allegedly left heartbroken by the sudden loss of her son this week. A source close to the family told People:
“His family is devastated. His parents are doing as well as anyone in this situation can do. They’re from Texas and are very church-driven.”
It’s apparently been an especially difficult time for Condy Sue, who is still trying to process all the news about her son. The source explained to People:
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“Mark’s mom had a hard time even grasping the reality of his dark past, so accepting his death — she’s a mess.”
The source said that his loved ones were “absolutely shocked” by his death. He had allegedly avoided contact with some of his family in recent years, they told Us Weekly:
“When you’re living against your own morals or what you know to be right, you tend to avoid people who will hold up mirrors.”
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told the New York Daily News that no note was found with the body, and the investigation into his death is still ongoing.
It’s still unclear whether Salling’s family has made plans to lay him to rest.