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Coroner rules 'Glee' actor Mark Salling's death a suicide

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  • FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Mark Salling attends the GQ "Men Of The Year" party in Los Angeles.  Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy “Glee,” died, Tuesday Jan. 30, 2018. He was 35. Salling’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor did not release the cause of death. Salling pleaded guilty in December to possession of child pornography. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, Mark Salling attends the GQ "Men Of The Year" party in Los Angeles. Salling, one of the stars of the Fox musical comedy “Glee,” died, Tuesday Jan. 30, 2018. He was 35. Salling’s lawyer, Michael J. Proctor did not release the cause of death. Salling pleaded guilty in December to possession of child pornography. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)
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  • Journalists view the spot where Mark Salling, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy "Glee," was found dead in a remote area of Big Tujunga Canyon in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Authorities say Salling died of an apparent suicide. He was 35.

    Journalists view the spot where Mark Salling, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy "Glee," was found dead in a remote area of Big Tujunga Canyon in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Authorities say Salling died of an apparent suicide. He was 35.
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  • A person stands near the spot where Mark Salling, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy "Glee," was found dead in a remote area of Big Tujunga Canyon in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Authorities say Salling died of an apparent suicide. He was 35.

    A person stands near the spot where Mark Salling, who played Noah "Puck" Puckerman in the hit musical-comedy "Glee," was found dead in a remote area of Big Tujunga Canyon in the Sunland-Tujunga area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Authorities say Salling died of an apparent suicide. He was 35.
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LOS ANGELES -- A coroner's official in Los Angeles says former "Glee" actor Mark Salling's death has been ruled a suicide.

Los Angeles coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said Thursday an autopsy determined that Salling died from asphyxia after hanging himself.

The 35-year-old's body was found Tuesday in a riverbed area in northeast Los Angeles.

Salling's death came a few weeks after he pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of child pornography. He was due to be sentenced in March and could have faced four to seven years in prison.

Prosecutors say a search of Salling's computer found more than 50,000 images of child porn on Salling's computer and a thumb drive.

He played bad-boy Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the long-running Fox series, which concluded in 2015.

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