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'Storage Wars' Star

Compared Himself to Russell Armstrong Before Suicide

2/13/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The night before "Storage Wars" star Mark Balelo took his own life ... he compared himself to another reality star who killed himself -- "Real Housewives" star Russell Armstrong ... TMZ has learned. 

Sources close to Balelo tell us ... the A&E star was extremely concerned about his recent drug arrest -- and was worried that it would affect his future on the show.

We're told Balelo was very stressed out ... and said he could sympathize with Armstrong ... who committed suicide after reports surfaced that he physically abused his wife and had fallen in deep financial trouble.

Balelo said he "understood" why Armstrong would resort to such drastic action ... because the thought of public humiliation was too much for him to handle.

As we first reported, Balelo killed himself by carbon monoxide poisoning early Monday morning.

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Laura    

I would find it more publicly humiliating to be on that show.

567 days ago
17.

Adam    

Why couldn't it have been Dave??? Why Why...

567 days ago
18.

truth    

SO WHAT, WHO CARES???????????????

567 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Was he serious? Unfortunately for him, these days it would have upped his "street cred" and the show's ratings would have gone up. You're decidedly uncool if you live the life of a straight arrow.

Rest in peace.

567 days ago
20.

Pogue    

Everyone's a martyr

567 days ago
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ellismated    

Armstrong won 7 tour da france titles dude...don't even try to compare yourself to a legand

566 days ago
22.

FletchGuy    

I dont get it? This guy was on the series like 3 times for a total of les then 10 minutes since the show started. he was not a regular or even really known for being on the few minutes so why would he worry when he really was no more then background filler??

566 days ago
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Your moms sancho    

I knew him personally... I used to work with him... He was a nice guy.. He left his daughter behind... Worked hard... But hustled people... He even did me wrong... However, I wouldn't think he killed himself... But at the same time he did have a drug problem... That I knew first hand... Over all he helped out a lot of people... But greedy at the same time... Rip mark... It was a nice run...

566 days ago
24.

Karina    

drug arrest no surprise but he shouldn't killed himself for that. i wonder what Barry has to say about this.

566 days ago
25.

haskel420    

COKEHEAD

566 days ago
26.

JrzGrl    

I'm sure that Taylor is trying to figure out some way, any way, that she can capitalize off of this. You watch and see... Let the tv interviews begin...

566 days ago
27.

Mrugowsky    

Suicide is a very selfish act. And so very final!!! Things are never as bad as they seem at the time.

566 days ago
28.

Mamabear    

It's sad that anyone feels this is the best option they have at the time. My thoughts are with his family if only his had been.

566 days ago
29.

Jim    

TMZ reported that they reported this "First" at least 15 times in 15 different versions...

562 days ago
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Farmboy    

I didn't care much for the pompous attitude he seemed to have. He might of had a lot more going on in his life than people know. Prayers to the family for your loss.

556 days ago
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