Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch are mourning the loss of their former Glee castmate Mark Salling following his apparent suicide on Tuesday morning (30Jan18).
The actor was reportedly found hanging in a park near his home in Sunland, California as he awaited sentencing for possession of child pornography charges.
Accompanying a photo of himself with Salling and co-star Cory Monteith, who died from an overdose in July, 2013, on Instagram, Morrison added angel emojis either side of a sad face, referencing the snap, in which he poses between the two late stars.
Meanwhile, Lynch called Mark’s death “sad and very tragic”, telling TMZ, “I’m broken-hearted over it”, and Glee producer Tim Davis said, “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.
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
Lynch retweeted Davis‘ second statement, which read: “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.”