‘The case is closed’: ‘Glee’ star Mark Salling’s death officially ruled as suicide

“Glee” star Mark Stalling’s death has been officially ruled as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

Page Six reports that the LA Coroner’s Office stated that Stalling, who was found dead in a river bed on Tues. morning, was “ready to be picked up” and that the “case was closed.” The statement comes after an earlier report that the coroner’s office didn’t list the actor’s death as a suicide.

Stalling’s official cause of death is listed as asphyxia by hanging, according to US Weekly.

“The autopsy was completed today and the doctor just posted the cause the cause of death asphyxia by hanging and the manner of death is suicide. The case is now closed and the body is ready for pick up,” Ed Winter of the LA Coroner’s Office said.  

As CrimeOnline previously reported, a family member reported Salling missing on Tues. morning after failing to hear from him. His body was found the same morning, just before 9 a.m. near the Starwood Riding Club in Los Angeles, around six miles away from his home. Authorities found his car first, parked off road around 500 feet from where they found him.

A police officer who was not authorized to speak about the case told the media Stalling was found hanging from a tree, but conflicting reports indicate his body was located in the river bed.

Salling pleaded guilty to child pornography charges days before he passed away. According to the Los Angeles Times, Stalling pleaded guilty to possessing over 50,000 photos of child pornography, found on his laptop. An additional 4,000 pornographic photos of children were found on the actor’s thumb drive. Stalling was scheduled for sentencing on March 7.

[Feature Photo: Mark Stalling via AP/Richard Shotwell/Invision]