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'Storage Wars' Star

Commits Suicide

Days After Drug Arrest

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

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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And she didn't think to take him to the hosptial or call the police to do so????? You don't leave someone alone who's telling you he's thinking of hurting himself.

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Big Dan    

I loved watching this guy outbid the other cast members. Pull up to the auctions in flashy cars with wads of cash. RIP

584 days ago


What was his fiancé thinking? You can't "sleep it off". She should've gotten him help immediately

584 days ago


Wow. I remember this guy on the show. He seemed pretty cool but there was something off about him. I dont know in one episode it looked like he was about to cry while finding out some video game system wasnt worth what he thought it was, like literally cry. It was kind of odd. I figured he must have some kind of problem. Anyways what sad news this is. RIP

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People: Money DOES NOT make you happy. This guy was Very rich. And lack of money should not cause you unhappiness. Count whatever blessings you have no matter how little or big. Think happy, not self pity, and you will BE happy. I promise!
RIP guy, I saw you on the show.

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It was noticeable that something was off with him even on Storage Wars...RIP!

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How many times have we heard, "DON'T DO IT & DON'T LET YOUR FRIENDS DO IT" - THAT STUFF'S FOR LOSERS" - but why arent's some people hearing this simple message - is always the question ?

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Well at least he left an intact corpse. RIP but for the living, get your worldview right and death by suicide is out the window.

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Spilled Milk    

I find it hard to have any sympathy/empathy for's a choice they made and there is no need to shed any tears over someone that chose to die..let em rot in obscurity as far as I'm concerned

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Frank D.    

So sad you never know what Drugs or alcohol can drive you to do next. R.I.P.

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Sugah Baby    

Star? WTF!

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Bummer, but to say he was a star on Storage Wars is a misprint, this guy was in probably 3 episodes, maybe 4!

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What a coward, and an idiot. He took the cowardly way out instead of taking responsibility for his mistakes, and now he leaves behind grieving people that loved him. AND, he committed the one unforgivable sin.

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Don't do permanent things to take care of a temparary problem.

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