Mark Salling’s autopsy reveals cause of death

Mark Salling’s autopsy revealed his cause of death as asphyxia by hanging. 

“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 Los Angeles Coroner Office tells Us Weekly on Thursday, February 1. 

As previously reported, the coroner confirmed to Us that the Glee alum died on Tuesday, January 30. Salling was found by a riverbed in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of L.A., and was pronounced dead at the scene. Usconfirmed that one of Salling’s family members reported him missing at 3 a.m. before his body was discovered on Tuesday. 

The 35-year-old actor, who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor in December 2017, was set to be sentenced on March 7. In October, he agreed to a plea deal that included four to seven years in jail. According to the court documents previously obtained by Us, Salling was also ordered to pay approximately $50,000 in restitution and register as a sex offender after his stint in jail. 

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GLEE: Puck (Mark Salling, L) tries to regain Finn's (Cory Monteith, R) friendship in 'Sectionals,' the fall finale episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Dec. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
GLEE: Will (Matthew Morrison, R) introduces Puck (Mark Salling, L) and Matt (Dijon Talton, C) as the new members of McKinley High's Glee Club in the 'Preggers' episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
U.S. actor Mark Salling arrives at the Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 19, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Redmond/File Photo
GARDEN CITY, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Actors Jenna Ushkowitz, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Lea Michele, Kevin McHale and Mark Salling promote 'Glee: The Musical Vol. 1' at the Roosevelt Field Mall on November 2, 2009 in Garden City, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/FilmMagic)
Actor Mark Salling from the television show 'Glee' arrives at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, June 6, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
GLEE: Quinn (Dianna Agron, L) and Puck (Mark Salling, R) work at the Glee Club's bake sale in the 'Wheels' episode of GLEE airing Wednesday, Nov. 11 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
GLEE: Mark Salling as Puck on the sixth and final season of GLEE premiering with a special two-hour event Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Mark Salling arrives at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's 'Glee' Season 2 held at Paramount Studios on September 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
GLEE: Dianna Agron (L) and Mark Salling in the 'New Directions' episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, March 25, 2014 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Mark Salling attends The Paley Center for Media's 32nd annual PALEYFEST LA - 'Glee' at Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 31: Actor Mark Salling arrives at the New Year's Eve celebration at The Act at The Palazzo on December 31, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actos Chris Colfer, Amber Riley and Mark Salling on stage at The Paley Center For Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA - 'Glee' at Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Mark Salling arrives at the Viper Room Re-Launch Party With X Ambassadors And Zen Freeman at Viper Room on November 17, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 07: Actor Mark Salling attends the celebrity basketball game to kick off the 2015 Nike 3ON3 basketball tournament at L.A. LIVE on August 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Cast member Mark Salling attends the the 100th episode celebration of GLEE in West Hollywood, California March 18, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
GLEE: (L-R) Chord Overstreet, Lea Michele and Mark Salling. McKinley High alumnae's perform in the second part of the special two-hour 'Loser Like Me/Homecoming' Season Premiere episode of GLEE on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actors Mark Salling and Heather Morris on stage at The Paley Center For Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA - 'Glee' at Dolby Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 07: Actor Mark Salling attends the celebrity basketball game to kick off the 2015 Nike 3ON3 basketball tournament at L.A. LIVE on August 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Mark Salling arrives for a court appearance at United States Courthouse - Central District of California on June 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Salling is turning himself in to federal authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned on two charges of child pornography. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Mark Salling arrives at the Viper Room Re-Launch Party With X Ambassadors And Zen Freeman at Viper Room on November 17, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
GLEE: Puck (Mark Salling, L) tries to get Quinn's (Dianna Agron, R) attention in 'Audition,' the season premiere episode of GLEE airing Tuesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. A(Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Mark Salling arrives for a court appearance at United States Courthouse - Central District of California on June 3, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Salling is turning himself in to federal authorities and is scheduled to be arraigned on two charges of child pornography. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 17: Actor Mark Salling attends the Tinder Plus Launch Party featuring Jason Derulo and ZEDD at Hangar 8 Santa Monica at Barker Hangar on June 17, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Tinder)
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However, a source close to his child pornography case explained to Us on Wednesday, January 31, that Salling’s estate might not have to pay his victims because he was not sentenced before his death. 

“Restitution would be a part of his sentence. The amount of the restitution is determined by the sentencing judge … He will not be sentenced. Therefore there will be no restitution order,” the insider told Us. “Therefore I doubt that there is anything to take to civil court. Any restitution order would be allocated among multiple known victims.”

The source added, “I’m not saying that there isn’t some lawyer out there willing to file suit on behalf of someone claiming to be a victim.  But I am saying, that there is no order to be enforced, for $50,000 or any other amount on behalf of anyone.” 

Criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten, who is not directly involved in Salling’s case, further explained that Salling’s victims would have to file a suit in civil court to pursue any restitution. 

“Any victims can sue his estate in civil court and receive monetary awards for damages. These awards … can be in the neighborhood of hundred of thousands of dollars or even in the millions,” Slaten said. They have to file suit in civil court, if they have not already, which they want to do quickly, because you do not want the estate to distribute assets. That would make it more difficult to collect.”   

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Erin Moran, who is known for her role in TV sitcom "Happy Days," died at the age of 56 after a secret battle with cancer.

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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died in his home at the Playboy Mansion of natural causes on September 27. He was 91 years old.

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Singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park committed suicide in July, he was 41 years old.

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David Cassidy died on November 21 after having been placed in a medically-induced coma. The '70s heartthrob and "Partridge Family" star was 67.

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Comedian Jerry Lewis died on August 20. He was 91 years old.

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Tom Petty, the famed and beloved rocker behind hits like “American Girl” and “Free Fallin,” died in October following a cardiac arrest. He was 66.

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Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80.

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John Heard, known for his role as the father in the Home Alone films, died on July 21. Some reports say he was 71-years-old, however, others have his age listed as 72.

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Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer-winning playwright and Oscar-nominated actor peacefully passed away at his home in Kentucky in July after a long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.


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"Touched By an Angel" star Della Reese died at the age of 86 peacefully at her home on November 19.

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Roger Smith, who starred in the series "77 Sunset Strip" and was married to actress Ann-Margret, died Sunday in Sherman Oaks. He was 84.

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Gregg Allman, best known for performing in The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at 69.

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died unexpectedly at 52 after he was found in a Detroit hotel room.

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Comedian Don Rickles died at the age of 90 from kidney failure.

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Comedian Charlie Murphy died at 57 from complications stemming from a battle with leukemia.

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Roger Moore, a former James Bond star, died after a short battle with cancer at 89.

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Jonathan Demme, the director known for his work on thriller "Silence of the Lambs," died at 73 from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

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Bill Paxton died unexpectedly at age 61 on February 25. 

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AC/DC guitarist and co-founded Malcolm Young died in November at the age of 64 after a three-year battle with dementia.

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Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., who is also Cuba Gooding Jr.'s father, died at 72.

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Neil Fingleton, "Britain's tallest man" and "Games of Thrones" star died at 36 from heart failure.

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"Battlestar Galactica" star Richard Hatch died at 71. 

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John Hurt, star of "The Elephant Man," died at 77. 

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Butch Trucks, founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, died at 69.

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Actor Miguel Ferrer died from throat cancer at 61.

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Dick Gautier, known for is role in the Broadway musical 'Bye Bye Birdie' died at 85.

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Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, who is known for hits like ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died at 90 years old.

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Dina Merrill, the actress known for movies like "Butterfield 8" and "Operation Petticoat," died at 93.

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Former pop singer Tommy Page was found dead at 46 in New York City.

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"Doll Squad" star Francine York passed away at 80 after a battle with cancer.

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Joni Sledge, the "We Are Family" singer, was found dead in her Phoenix home. She was 60.

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Jazz legend Al Jarreau died at the age of 76.

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Actor Robert Michael Morris died at age 77. His death was confirmed by friend Lisa Kudrow.

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Monty Hall, one of the most popular game show hosts in American television died in September at age 96.

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Anne Jeffreys, star of ‘General Hospital’ and Broadway’s ‘Kiss Me Kate,’ died in September at 94.

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Barry Dennen, member of the original cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died in September at age 79.

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Famed soul singer Charles Bradley died in September at the age of 68.

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Harry Dean Stanton, the actor known for his roles in "Twin Peaks," "Big Love," "Pretty in Pink" and "Repo Man" died of natural causes in Los Angeles. He was 91.

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Frank Vincent, who had a key role on "The Sopranos" and appeared in a number of Martin Scorsese films, died at age 78.

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Nelsan Ellis, who starred in the HBO series True Blood, died on July 8 from alcohol withdrawal after years of struggling with substance abuse. He was 39 years old.

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Blake Heron, the child actor who starred in 1996's "Shiloh," died at age 35.

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Comedian Shelley Berman, who was famous as a "sit-down" comedian and later as Larry David's dad on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," died at the age of 92.

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Dick Gregory, the trailblazing comic and civil rights activist whose unique brand of comedy combined cutting wit and contemporary headlines, died in August at the age of 84.

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Martin Landau, the all-purpose actor known for his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood, died in July. He was 89.

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Gary DeCarlo, the lead singer of Steam, died in June at the age of 75.

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Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the Swedish film version of "The Girl With Dragon Tattoo," died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56.

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Prodigy, who made up one half of Mobb Deep, died in June. He was 42.

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Comedian Ralphie May was found dead in his Las Vegas home in early October. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 45.

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"Benson" actor Robert Guillaume died on October 24 at the age of 89 following a long battle with breast cancer.

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Legendary New Orleans musician Fats Domino died of natural causes at the age of 89 at the end of October.

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Former "Veronica Mars" actor Brad Bufanda died of a suspected suicide at the age of 34 at the beginning of November.

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Rising rapper Lil Peep was found dead in his tour bus on November 15 in Arizona. He was 21. Officials are still determining his cause of death, which is suspected to be an accidental overdose.

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Wendy Pepper, who was a fan-favorite on "Project Runway," died peacefully surrounded by family at the age of 53 in mid-November. No cause of death was given.

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Jim Nabors, widely adored for playing Gomer Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show," passed away in November 2017 at age 87.

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