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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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76.

JFO    

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.

532 days ago
77.

ams165    

Yuuuuppppp.....

532 days ago
78.

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

532 days ago
79.

Shaunie    

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

532 days ago
80.

Jay    

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

532 days ago
81.

christy    

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.

532 days ago
82.

trini_angel    

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

532 days ago
83.

ANTHONY    

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 ?

532 days ago
84.

BuckRedstone    

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.

532 days ago
85.

Spilled Milk    

I find it hard to have any sympathy/empathy for suicides..it'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

532 days ago
86.

Frank D.    

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

532 days ago
87.

Sugah Baby    

Star? WTF!

532 days ago
88.

Bob    

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

532 days ago
89.

J.E.B.    

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.

532 days ago
90.

Harvey    

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

532 days ago
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