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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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31.

psycho nurse    

Luckily his fiance was loving enough to heed his call for help and...oh. Never mind. RIP Mark. Thoughts are with the family and loved ones as they say good bye.

517 days ago
32.

cs_85    

Doc, you sure he's dead? "yuuuuuup"

517 days ago
33.

williej    

I didn't care for him on the show but this is terrible news. The way it looked on the show he had a considerable amount of money and one would think that money could pay for a top notch attorney... or two or three.

517 days ago
34.

Pigweed    

Darn!

517 days ago
35.

IndyMike    

Yuuuup

517 days ago
36.

Joey    

Too Bad it wasn't teh little weasel always yelling Yep.

517 days ago
37.

Larry    

He ended his life over a single drug conviction? Wow sounds like a person that doesnt deal with stress or anxiety well. There are times when things really suck in life but can death ever be better? We know nothing about afterwards maybe he just jumped ahead in line to a much worse situation, ya know

517 days ago
38.

DaveT    

Don't know him but sad, always is when someone loses all hope and feels the only way to stop the pain is to end their life, thoughts to his friends and family

517 days ago
39.

Who the Hell is Khloe    

Oh wow...he was the Nintendo DS guy! RIP. he was Dave rival!

517 days ago
40.

robkanoff    

Yuupe!

517 days ago
41.

Sheila-Marie    

I think there has to be more to this, than just a drug arrest. Even if they charged him, it wasn't worth him taking his life over. I was kinda hoping he would have taken over for that jackass Dave Hester (You better look into HIS whereabouts at the time of the suicide!)

517 days ago
42.

Jared    

Theres a good chance him coming down off the drugs too fast due to the arrest and court orders, caused him great suffering which lead to him doing that. I had a friend who was into heroin, and when she couldnt get it .... she shot herself in the head. Pretty sad. RIP

517 days ago
43.

IndyMike    

Honestly he was a ******** on the show

517 days ago
44.

kr    

why would an autopsy be done? when anyone in my family died they said unless there's a bullet hole they won't do an autopsy and it would cost us thousands to do ourselves.

517 days ago
45.

pattie    

Danm! Just tonight we were watching him.

517 days ago
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