Glee star Mark Salling has reportedly hanged himself.

‘I can confirm that Mark Salling passed away early this morning,’ his family said in a statement to The Blast.

The Salling family appreciates the support they have been receiving and asks for their privacy to be respected.

At 9.47am, the fire department found Salling near a little league field next to the Big Tujunga Creek, close to the actor’s home.

Salling is said to have ‘freaked out’ after hurting himself on August 22.He is thought to have been taken to hospital after paramedics treated him in his Los Angeles home.

Following the tip-off, Salling was arrested at his home in Sunland, California, w police found a cache of explicit images on his computer depicting children as young as 10 in sexual situations.

Salling took a plea deal in December, w he pleaded guilty to possessing images of prepubescent children between the ages of three and five.

Matthew Morrison, who starred as Will Schuester in Glee, shared a photo of himself with Salling and Monteith, and captioned the photo with three emoji faces; a sad face for himself, an angel for Monteith and, rather surprisingly, an angel for Salling.

Salling shot to fame playing Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman in the hit FOX series Glee.