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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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61.

Buffy    

Poor guy there was probably more going on with him then we knew. I guess he felt this was the only way out. Rest in peace, friend.

563 days ago
62.

Daniel Duke    

Dumb Ass!

563 days ago
63.

Daniel Duke    

Dumb Ass!

563 days ago
64.

dan    

Hes off to the big auction in the sky...maybe there Nintendos are worth 13k. R.I.P

563 days ago
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Feldwebel Wolfenstool    

All you anti-dopers happy and proud now, eh?

563 days ago
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Leighton    

I hope he rests in--and has found--peace.

563 days ago
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Cassie22    

This man was a loved family member of the Balelo's, he will be forever missed. He was a friendly people person with a great personality, that carried him to successfully operate his own business that landed him on an exciting TV show series. Marco was a good guy, surely fun to be around. This is shocking news to all of his loved ones. Sad that the family and people who loved him will no longer get to enjoy his presence, he will not be forgotten by many. For those who did not know him, there are many reasons for for a persons actions weather good or bad, and until we walked in his shoes and endured his life, judgement shouldn't be passed, for no one really knows the whole story to the extent of his suffering. It is very hard for family and friends to have to grieve over the lost of Marco, not having the chance to say goodbye or the understanding of the choice he has made is something that will be mourned for a great deal of time. Rest in piece Marco Balelo

563 days ago
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cabotcat    

Guess now he will be in cold storage.

563 days ago
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Ylpontiac    

TO EVERYONE SUFFERING FROM DEPPRESSION, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. PLEASE TALK TO SOMEONE. TO FEEL THAT TAKING YOUR LIFE IS A LAST RESORT MUST HAVE BEEN VERY SAD AND PAINFUL FOR THIS GUY. IT WILL GET BETTER. PLEASE SEEK HELP. R.I.P. MARK

563 days ago
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Sjango    

That explains all the wads of cash he was flashing around.he was so out of place like scarface at an auction buying usless storage wowwww

563 days ago
71.

TMZZZzzz    

SUCKS, sucks BAD! RIP

563 days ago
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Cindy707    

This makes me so sad...i really enjoyed watching Mark on the show and no matter what kind of trouble he got himself into it was definately forgivable...RIP Mark and i hope you are flying with the angels now and have found peace....:(

563 days ago
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DAVEESTERS    

S.M.H MORE LOCKERS FOR EVERYONE ELSE YUP !!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT R.I.P DRUGGIE

563 days ago
74.

PatTheRat    

A great guy. He must have felt he let his fans down. RIP Mark.

563 days ago
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fairywinkle    

So sad - we've all done things we aren't proud of but it's no reason to give up this gift of life. I'm truly very sorry for him and those who loved him.

563 days ago
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