Jane Lynch has made a statement after her Glee co-star Mark Salling was found dead aged 35.
The pair starred on all six seasons of the hit Fox TV series together.
The 35-year-old, best known for his role as Noah Puckerman, apparently killed himself ahead of a sentencing hearing for possession of more than 50,000 images of child sex abuse.
“It’s sad. Very tragic,” the 57-year-old actress said.
According to TMZ, when asked how she would remember the actor, she replied: “As the guy who made that really sweet video at the beginning of Glee when he was so happy to be apart [of it.]”
She went on: “It’s tragic and I’m broken-hearted over it."
She also retweeted a post from Glee vocal contractor and vocal arranger Tim Davis.
Tim said: “Let me be clear. Having compassion for #MarkSalling in no way minimizes his crimes, nor does it minimize the pain and devastation of the victims of those crimes.
"I’m just saying stop adding to his family’s pain. This was their son. If you’re without sin, feel free to cast stones.”
Matthew Morrison, who played glee club director Mr. Schuester, also shared a photo of himself with Mark and late co-star Cory Monteith.
TMZ reported that Mark was discovered hanging from a tree near a baseball field by police who had been called to do a ‘welfare check’ after a family member reported him missing.
Coroner’s officers were seen removing his body on a stretcher and then loading it into a van this afternoon as news broke worldwide.
Before his death was announced on Tuesday, Salling had been on bail after 50,000 child abuse images were found in his possession.
The actor was expected to receive his sentencing in March this year.
Salling struck a plea deal in the case in October.
Under the deal, prosecutors agreed that the appropriate sentence for Salling would be four to seven years in prison, with 20 years of supervised release, according to US reports.
Police were reportedly tipped off about the images on his computer by one of his ex-girlfriends.
He was arrested in December 2015 and later released on bail for $20,000.
The case was then passed onto federal authorities when police realised the severity of the images.
As part of Salling’s release, he was registered as a sex offender and not allowed to live within view of any school yards, parks, public swimming pools, playgrounds, video arcades, or any other places that are regularly visited by people under the age of 18.
Lieutenant Andrea Grossman, commander of the LAPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said at the time: "It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, if you hurt a child you will be held accountable."
She added: "These images are more than photographs, they are child abuse."
Salling apparently "freaked out" after doing it, before screaming for his roommate who found him bleeding and called for emergency services.
Paramedics rushed to his home where they treated him before taking him to hospital, reported TMZ .
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