Mark Salling has died in an apparent suicide weeks before being sentenced to prison for possession of child p*rn. His former girlfriend called the Police on him according to court documents.
Salling's body was found 'hanging from a tree' near the Starwood Riding Club, an equestrian facility in Los Angeles, California.
The actor's career came crashing down in 2015 after he was arrested for possession of appalling child pornography showing victims as young as three.
Investigators found 50,000 images and videos on his computer, more than 4,000 on a thumb drive and tens of thousands more on an encrypted hard drive.
He was due to be sentenced by a judge on March 7 and faced between four and seven years after taking a plea deal in December.
As former co-stars paid tribute to the actor today, it was claimed that he had agreed to pay his victims $50,000 each in restitution as part of the plea deal.
But the judge in the case would have needed to sentence him first in order to impose the penalty, TMZ reported. The victims could, however, still sue Salling's estate for damages, the website said.
Police did not find a suicide note after combing Salling's home, his car and the area where he hanged himself, TMZ also reported this morning.
He was 35.