Glee star Heather Morris has spoken out on the death of her former co-star Mark Salling, saying he was ‘part of the family’ despite his child pornography charge.
Heather, who played Brittany Pierce on the show, tweeted about the loss of three of the Glee cast members – Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson), Salling (Noah Puckerman) and Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez).
She wrote: ‘I don’t feel the need to ever justify something because somethings are better left unsaid. Y’all who have lots of things to say, I get it, I UNDERSTAND you…somethings are unforgivable. But this holiday season, amongst ALL holiday seasons is INCREDIBLE hard for so many of us.
‘We did not loose just 2 cast members, we lost 3. And it is SO incredible tough to have to act like that 3rd one is invisible, because even though his actions are unjustifiable, he was a part of our family at one point and he was mentally SICK. Yes pedophelia is a sickness but… [sic].
‘Although I don’t want to have to say all that, its truthful. So THANK YOU for treated me with such disrespect and unkindness during a time that I can’t get through a day without balling my eyes out at the loss of my entire Glee family… thank you. [sic]’.
Morris’ post comes after she hit out at a Glee fan for covering Salling’s face with a vomiting emoji in a photo.
Responding to co-star Kevin McHale (Artie Abrams), who shared the post, she said: ‘The vomit face on Mark’s face is offensive’.
Salling died by suicide in 2018 at the age of 35. In 2015, he had been arrested on suspicion of possessing several thousands of images of child pornography.
He pleaded guilty in 2017 and he was awaiting sentencing at the time of his death.
His death followed Monteith’s, who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2013 at the age of 31.
Rivera died earlier this year aged 33 after tragically drowning during a boating trip with her young son.
The cast of Glee previously announced they were planning to honour Rivera’s memory with a fundraiser, with the proceeds going to Alexandria House, a charity that helps homeless people in LA.
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