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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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16.

Deficate    

He was prolly still upset the Nintendo wasn't worth 10000 dollars

581 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Wow, didn't see that comin'. RIP Mark...

581 days ago
18.

dollarbuild    

YUUUP!!! That will do it to you. R.I.P.

581 days ago
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lukebandit    

Poor Guy. He was at his lowest point. All he had to do is call out the name of Jesus and Jesus would of been there in the blink of an eye! It is so sad. I think
he is not even 30? Prayer for the family.

581 days ago
20.

BlizzardBill    

Very sad. RIP, sir. IMHO, you're going to see more and more of this. The Reddit guy, whomever killed the DA in Texas, now this guy. As we criminalize more and more Americans we're going to find more and more people pushed over the edge. Not saying what any of them did is right. Just saying I can see how someone can be pushed to the point of going over the line.

581 days ago
21.

AriellaMichelle     

So sad. I remember seeing him on a few episodes :( Prayers are with the family. RIP

581 days ago
22.

Mayu    

RIP "Rico Suave" :(

581 days ago
23.

Lucey    

Yupppppp! Rip

581 days ago
24.

jeannie    

There was probably a lot more going on that we don't know. Maybe just deeply depressed and not knowing what to do to fix it.

581 days ago
25.

manu    

he probably was raped in county that's why he offed himself

581 days ago
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BSname    

Wow, sad, and doesnt really make sense. In todays world nobody would hold it against him for doing drugs as long as he makes an effort at getting off of them. I am guessing that he suffered from some sort of depression.

581 days ago
27.

gibby    

too bad it wasnt dave!!!! r i p mark!!!!!

581 days ago
28.

PopTart    

What does his (ex) fiance look like? Is she hot?

581 days ago
29.

w    

So Sad, God Bless him and may he R.I.P....Dear Lord help his family thru this.

581 days ago
30.

The Fixer    

We start the bidding of the carbon monoxide car at 100 dollars do I hear 150 Dollars

581 days ago
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