The entertainment world was rocked with news of Mark Salling’s death Tuesday. His former Glee co-stars have spoken out about his passing.
Glee Stars Speak On Another Tragedy
Actress Jane Lynch was one of the first to speak on the news. She played the hilarious and beloved cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, in the hit television series.
TMZ caught up with Lynch just moments after news of Salling’s death, which has been said to be an apparent suicide, went public.
“It’s very sad and tragic…It’s tragic and I’m brokenhearted over it,” Lynch said.
Salling reportedly took his own life amid a high-profile legal battle. He was waiting to receive sentencing after he pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. The case had been going on since his arrest in 2015, the same year Glee aired its final episode.
Still, Lynch said she will only have good memories of the late actor.
“[I’ll remember him] as the guy who made that really sweet video in the beginning of ‘Glee’ when he was happy to be a part of this group.”
Vocal expert Tim Davis had lots more to say on social media. He acknowledged Salling’s passing as well as the “horrific” acts he was convicted for when it came to children. He described Salling as “a broken man” and pointed out Salling had suffered from abuse himself. He pleaded for fans and critics to keep their “cruel” thoughts to themselves in hopes of not causing Salling’s parents more pain.
He followed it up with a second tweet and said that his “compassion” for Salling doesn’t excuse his previous actions. He simply doesn’t want the family to have to suffer for it.
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.
— Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018
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. — Tim Davis (@loudmouthmuch) January 30, 2018
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Matthew Morrisson, who played vocal teacher role Mr. Will Schuester, kept his message simple. He shared a snapshot of him along with Salling and Monteith. He added a caption of angel and sad face emojis.
Mark Salling's Troubles Resurface
Finneas O’Connell, who appeared in four episodes of the show back in 2015, didn’t hold back when it came to his thoughts on Salling and his passing.
"I met Mark Salling once when we were filming the final episode of 'Glee' together," wrote O'Connell on Twitter. "I didn't know him at all and I won't pretend I did. It's been a horrifying thing these past two years finding out about the crimes he's committed. I don't feel sorry for him. Only sorry for his fans." He has since deleted the tweet.
Joaquin Sedillo, who was the Director of Photography for the show, also responded on Twitter and said suicide is “never” the way to go.
Devistating... Suicide is never the answer. — Joaquin Sedillo (@JOAQUINSEDILLO) January 30, 2018
Thoughts and prayers for Salling’s family.
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