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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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The Big Bowowski    

Really?? Im first?? Bad azz...a dream come true

526 days ago
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The Big Bowowski    

Might as well get the second spot as well. Oh, and this Mark guy was a huge dooosh on the show but sorry that he offed himself

526 days ago
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Witchiepoo    

Yikes!

526 days ago
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Cynic    

who??, ah wel he is dead to bad so sad bah humbug./ more drugs for us

526 days ago
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romba    

Armstrong didn't off himself because he was in debt or beat his wife, he did it because he was outed as a homosexual.

525 days ago
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Philbo    

I don't understand how they know for sure it was suicide. Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste, and many people die accidentally every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. Where is the proof that he took his life on purpose?

525 days ago
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tylerc85    

That's why you shouldn't worry about money to lead your lifestyle. All you need is to work hard to have roof and god under your head. Greed kills

525 days ago
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tylerc85    

Food*

525 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Mark was hardly "The Star" of Storage Wars. He was on it 3, maybe 3 times MAX. And he was a douche. You don't kill yourself because you worry that you may never get back on the show. If that worries you enough to take your own life, maybe not getting caught with drugs would be a good way to start.

525 days ago
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Dr Samuel Weiscrak    

Leave it to TMZ to exploit the tragic death of a troubled man for profit. Keepin' it classy as always, TMZ!

525 days ago
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cabotcat    

Later loser. The gene pool just got a little stronger.

525 days ago
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YouMakeMeFeelGood    

Wow. To talk about her "weight gain" is redonkulous...she is absolutely beautiful...and naturally too! Reminds me of Marilyn Monroe's figure. I really wish people would stop thinking pertruding ribs and fake hard veiny boobs are pretty. ROCK OUT, KATE

525 days ago
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Phreaky    

And I have a feeling that is complete BS. He had issues for a long time, not just recently,. He may have SAID that, but it was just him not being honest with himself. He was BARELY on the show, I watch it all the time and when this news first came out, I couldn't even remember seeing him on the show. I didn't realize until later he was the one that showed up a couple times and flashed big wads of money. AND NO ONE WOULD HAVE EVEN KNOWN ABOUT HIS DRUG ARREST IF THIS HADN'T HAPPENED.
Sounds like he was just being dramatic about the reason, maybe had some delusions that he was a big star/celebrity. Whatever it was, he does NOT compare to Russell.

525 days ago
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STAYCLASSYSANDIEGO    

ahhh stop using the word "star" in place of "actor" tmz. come on now.

525 days ago
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mya89    

Committing suicide is a punk a** move from hiding from your problems smh

525 days ago
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