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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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91.

hoosier    

So sad

582 days ago
92.

paul    

This guy was a total tool bag on the show. Didn't know a thing about anything. On one of his few shows he tried to tell Daryl that a nintendo he got was worth 13k. They brought it to a video game store and the guy made him look like a total bafoon. Needless to say it wasn't worth 13 bucks. That being said it's still sad to see him end up like this.

582 days ago
93.

Linda    

Wow Mr Rich guy?? Sad, but now we know what he was spending his money on. RIP

582 days ago
94.

misakenone    

RIP

582 days ago
95.

joe bish    

got to love it, the headline says "star" of... when in fact he was in a handful of episodes, just pathetic watching the media create their own stories

582 days ago
96.

steve    

Why are people slamming him? If he was a family member, you might have more sensitivity...

582 days ago
97.

Heavensmetal    

well at least he did hurt or kill innocent people.

582 days ago
98.

Belfast Bill    

Dead yes, star no!!

582 days ago
99.

tom p    

weak coward.

582 days ago
100.

gerilynn    

what ? failed drug test? who wouldn't have seen that coming, he was a poster boy for drug abuse.

582 days ago
101.

Marie    

So sad. RIP. Everyone goes through hard time. Stay in the game and you will come out of the storm. When you feel bad, think of the positive things in your life and know that it will get better.

582 days ago
102.

gerilynn    

what ? suicide after drug arrest? who wouldn't see that coming- he was a poster boy for drug abuse, he flashed cash like a cheap street dealer,
"star"??? of what

582 days ago
103.

jen    

I'm very sorry for his loved ones. I have no respect for people who commit suicide though. I'm also tired of all these wannabe reality tv stars and their shows.

582 days ago
104.

H2oly    

And he never found his million dollar Nintendo!

582 days ago
105.

AMB    

WHAT DUDE...REALLY

582 days ago
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