Mark committed suicide on Feb. 11 after an arrest for a drug-related offense just days before. So sad.
Mark Balelo, one of the stars of A&E’s Storage Wars took his own life on Feb. 11 by way of carbon monoxide poisoning, TMZ reports. The reality star had previously been arrested on Feb. 9 for a drug-related offense.
Multiple sources tell the website that Mark was found dead in his car, which had been parked and left running in the garage at his auction house in Simi Valley, CA.
Mark Balelo’s Drug Arrest
Upon release from his arrest on the 9th, sources say he was distraught and had asked his fiancée to come over in fear that he might hurt himself. The couple reportedly met at his office on Sunday, Feb. 10, where they talked for a few hours before Mark took a four hour nap. When he woke up, he was said to have seemed better.
His fiancée left him at his office that evening. One of Mark’s employees found his body the following morning, Feb. 11. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that an autopsy will be conducted on Feb. 12.
Mark’s ‘Storage Wars’ History
Mark had appeared on a number of Storage Wars episodes over the past few seasons. He made his first appearance during the show’s second season, appearing in four episodes that year. He also appeared once during the third season. He was known for bringing large sums of money to auctions, often as much as $50,000 at a time. Beyond his liquidation, distribution, and wholesale company, Mark also owned a gaming store, The Game Exchange, from 2009 until 2012.
Our thoughts remain with Mark’s family and friends during their time of loss.
— Billy Nilles
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