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'Storage Wars' Star

Commits Suicide

Days After Drug Arrest

2/12/2013 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0211_mark-balelo_facebook"Storage Wars" star Mark Balelo killed himself today by carbon monoxide poisoning ... TMZ has learned.

Multiple sources close to Balelo tell us he was found dead in his car ... which was parked and running in the garage at his auction house in Simi Valley, CA.

According to our sources, Balelo had been arrested for a drug-related offense on Saturday.

We're told when Balelo got out of jail he was distraught, and asked his fiancée to come over because he was afraid he might hurt himself.

We're told they met at his office on Sunday, they talked for a few hours, he took a 4 hour nap -- and when he woke up seemed better.

The fiancée left Balelo at the office Sunday evening. We're told one of Balelo's employees found his body Monday morning.

Balelo appeared on a handful of "Storage Wars" episodes over the past few seasons.

Law enforcement sources tell us an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.

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PETA EATA    

RIP

617 days ago
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GetReal    

Dang

617 days ago
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just me    

R.I.P Mark

617 days ago
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firebaby    

wow, i've seen this guy on the show sometimes... so sad to hear... RIP

617 days ago
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Smoothie33    

Holy cow!! RIP. Hi amber!!

617 days ago
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Smoothie33    

Hi mom

617 days ago
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Phreaky    

Hmm I don't ever remember seeing him on the show. RIP

617 days ago
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speakMYbrain    

wtf he probably wasn't even gonna do any time. ***

617 days ago
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verlinda    

Wow...Too bad...R.I.P.

617 days ago
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PrincessKimberlyAnne    

I remember him .. So sad in any case ., It's hard to fit in .. That's all anyone wants in this world isn't it? .. Yes it is xo

617 days ago
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chevy454    

Dumbass

617 days ago
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Just_Me    

What a jackass.....over a drug arrest!??

617 days ago
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Jazzyj    

Really sad...and unnecessary.

617 days ago
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GreenDayIsGr8    

I never watched the show, but it's always terrible to hear a life has been lost to the disease of addiction

617 days ago
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brandon bernier    

RIP Mark you will be missed, but not forgotten. You are a lost legend. L&B Storage Hunters

617 days ago
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