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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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106.

Belfast Bill    

Dead yes, star no!!

532 days ago
107.

firstamendment3    

When's the estate sale?

532 days ago
108.

blacksambo    

lol.. a star???

532 days ago
109.

Sindy    

oh wow, thats crazy, :(
RIP

532 days ago
110.

mary    

It is ironic that the picture they show of him, he's wearing a Superman t-shirt. George Reeves who played Superman committed suicide.

532 days ago
111.

dawnkey    

How sad to feel like suicide is the only option! RIP!!!

532 days ago
112.

zack     

damn r.i.p it was coke idk how much but he was rich set for life he probly didn't wanna go to the pen

532 days ago
113.

ranger    

Guess he found some meth in a storage locker !!!

532 days ago
114.

patricia hatcher    

GEEZ This is sad..He was called the money man ..It was fun when he showed up at the auctions.. He will be missed..Prayers to his family and friends

532 days ago
115.

Marta    

You get out of life what you put into it. Sure there are others that may come along and detour you, but when it comes to suicide well, it is all in the individuals' hands. Too bad because I am sure he has left a lot of people crying and distraught that loved him/close to him. Sucks!@

532 days ago
116.

SeriouslyWorld    

What a coward! I have no pity for someone who takes their own life. (Especially over something stupid!). To the contrary, I feel bad because he thought it necessary to take his own life. His poor Fiancé, Family and Friends must be a mess. #RIP #FakeAssToughGuy!

532 days ago
117.

Wolfman    

may be Hester put him over the edge

532 days ago
118.

Mr. G    

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. I picked up on his game the first time I saw him on the show. No one tosses money around so carelessly and over bids just to get a locker with hard earned money. His money was all "drug" money and that will come out shortly. This guy dealt drugs and used the "Storage Wars" locker buying process as a "front" for his money laundering. HELLO??? You would think he would have been smart enough to process his money in ways other than on a nationally televised reality show. But then again he did kill himself so how smart could he be?

532 days ago
119.

agb1953    

What? No medical marijuana card?

532 days ago
120.

PureRadiance    

There has to be a bit more than just drug related charges. He has to have had much more going on than this. this is sad. He needed more help than anyone could give him.

532 days ago
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