The former Glee star was found dead from an apparent suicide on Tuesday at the age of 35 and as per the source, his parents are mourning the loss of their son as well as finding it difficult to accept his death.
A source has told PEOPLE that the family of Mark Salling is devastated. The source added, “His parents are doing as well as anyone in this situation can do. They’re from Texas and are very church-driven. Mark’s mom had a hard time even grasping the reality of his dark past, so accepting his death — she’s a mess.” The 35-year-old star was arrested in 2015 for child pornography possession and was fired from the mini-series ‘Gods and Secrets’. He was pleaded to charge in December 2017 and has agreed to serve four to seven years behind the bars with supervised release for 20 years. Mark’s attorney has released a statement to E! News in the wake of his death.
The source said, “I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning. Mark was a gentle and loving person, a person of great creativity, who was doing his best to atone for some serious mistakes and errors of judgment.” The insider added that he used to have a great relationship with them but was also particularly close to his grandmother, whom he loved dearly. On Tuesday, a former friend of Mark has told US Weekly, “He was in a dark place. He was very lonely. He was very depressed.” While looking back at the last few years of his life, “it’s clear he was dealing with demons himself.” A family source has said that the problem doesn’t live in the pain or sexual appetites that began to skew as time went on and the inherent problem is that he did not have someone close enough to him willing to call it out.