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'Storage Wars' Star Commits Suicide Days After Drug Arrest
TMZ ^ | february 11, 2013

Posted on 02/12/2013 2:46:26 AM PST by lowbridge

"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.

(Excerpt) Read more at tmz.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: drugs; storagewars; suicide

1 posted on 02/12/2013 2:46:34 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Permanent solution to a temporary problem.


2 posted on 02/12/2013 2:51:01 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: lowbridge

Storage wars isn’t all that real but suicide sure as hell is.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 2:55:39 AM PST by Bullish (This usurper is leaving one hell of a poop stain on our Constitution)
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To: lowbridge

Doesn’t even mention the drug arrest. This could have been settled with some drug counseling. What a shame. People make decisions without fully thinking them out. I am sure the girlfriend feels guilty but really shouldn’t.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 2:56:16 AM PST by napscoordinator (/)
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To: lowbridge

Just which one was he?

I stopped watching a long time ago because of how rigged it looked.


5 posted on 02/12/2013 2:57:56 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: lowbridge

Well, there you go. His fiancee should have stayed until the whitecoats came. Don’t any of these people have any common sense?


6 posted on 02/12/2013 2:58:38 AM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: Hoodat

As I understand it, this was to be his 3rd offense, which means that he was looking at a possibility of life in prison.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 3:03:41 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge

I just did a search on him, I don’t recall him at all, looks like a loser though.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 3:04:36 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Eye of Unk

9 posted on 02/12/2013 3:06:23 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: lowbridge

Now we know the lead on Limbaugh’s show today...


10 posted on 02/12/2013 3:07:42 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Eye of Unk
Just which one was he?

I stopped watching a long time ago because of how rigged it looked.

Yeah, knowing how its rigged does take the fun out of it, but I still watch because I enjoy learning about the rare collectibles, and antiques they take to get appraised.

11 posted on 02/12/2013 3:08:58 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge

RIP.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 3:12:14 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Eye of Unk
He didnt appear on many episodes. One I recall he was constantly outbidding all the others. Apparently it didnt matter to him how much he paid for each unit.

Another of one his more famous moments on the show:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eUhuR8_ps

13 posted on 02/12/2013 3:20:00 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: Eye of Unk
He didnt appear on many episodes. One I recall he was constantly outbidding all the others. Apparently it didnt matter to him how much he paid for each unit.

Another of one his more famous moments on the show:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eUhuR8_ps

14 posted on 02/12/2013 3:20:29 AM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: lowbridge

Now there’s one storage container he’s going to get for sure even if a bit small.


15 posted on 02/12/2013 3:27:29 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: count-your-change

*snort*


16 posted on 02/12/2013 3:31:24 AM PST by Popman
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To: lowbridge

cold storage


17 posted on 02/12/2013 3:34:25 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: Doogle

Oh him....


18 posted on 02/12/2013 4:43:09 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Ann Archy

shady past


19 posted on 02/12/2013 4:46:59 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

He evne LOOKED sleazy.


20 posted on 02/12/2013 4:52:40 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Hoodat

I would be a shame if certain Hollywood types followed this example.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 5:15:34 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Eye of Unk

I don’t have TV, but I watched the show once at a relative’s house. It has the same problem most TV shows have: They string you along with a half hour of programming for five minutes of main event.

Parking wars was more interesting. I wanted to ring the Chicagoland (or Detroit. I forget which. Those two cities sort of blend together in my mind and I’ve been to both quite a bit) affirmative action meter maid’s neck. It was extortion of the average citizen, pure and simple.


22 posted on 02/12/2013 5:41:25 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: lowbridge
Calling him a “star” of Storage Wars may be a bit of a stretch he was only featured in a couple episodes and though he appeared in a few more, it was little more than a being in a few camera passes. He didn't seem to be the brightest bulb, his most famous appearance being when he claimed he had discovered the first prototype of the Nintendo Entertainment System made in the United States because it was labeled NES-01 and was worth millions. When he went to have it appraised it turned out that every Nintendo was labeled NES-01 and this particular unit didn't even work, it was valued at $10...
23 posted on 02/12/2013 5:53:17 AM PST by apillar
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To: lowbridge

Show was staged anyways


24 posted on 02/12/2013 5:58:52 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: lowbridge

The title scared me for a minute. I was afraid it was one of the real stars (I love Barry)! Sorry to hear what happened to him, but this guy wasn’t a star, just one of the other buyers they have brought in to spice it up.

Didn’t know that auction house even though I worked in that town 4 years!


25 posted on 02/12/2013 6:10:20 AM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Hoodat

People say that, but it ignores “last straw” scenarios. For some people not killing themselves could be a temporary solution to lifelong problems.


26 posted on 02/12/2013 10:44:29 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: lowbridge

I, Mark Balelo was born on 01/31/1973 in Madeira Island, Portugal. Madeira Islands, Portugal is located in the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands, Spain and not that far away from the African Country of Morocco. At the age of 3, my parents moved to Brazil, where I grew up until the age of 14. Balelo’s origin is traced back to Italy. It is believed that my family had migrated from Italy to Portugal to avoid the conflicts of war. Portugal also had many wars in which I have lost many family members. To avoid the possibility of dying in conflict, my dad became a musician and entered the band for the Portuguese army. Balelo used to be spelled with an additional L, Ballelo. However, my great-great grand father changed to Balelo with one L. We still don’t know if it was a mistake during registry in his birth certificate or if it was done intentionally. Most of the family came from Madeira Islands, Portugal to the U.S. They set sail in San Diego back in the mid 1800’s. The families brought the coulture, foods and traditions of Portugal. They settle in a place known as Point Loma, CA. Point Loma is located in the coast of San Diego county where many of the residents speaks Portuguese. The family was brought up in the Roman Catholic religion and St. Agnes church in Point Loma have masses in Portuguese and English. There are streets written in Portuguese and it is common to hear Portuguese while traveling the streets of Point Loma. The dances and traditions are highly supported by the county and throughout the year there are festivals known as Festas. The streets are closed to traffic to commemorate many of these Portuguese Festivas or Festas. The Balelo’s are also one of the first pioneers in the Tuna fishing industry. Many of the Tuna fishing boats used to be docked at the San Diego Pier near downtown San Diego and accross from San Diego International Airport. Many members of my family worked for fishing boats or fishing canneries in San Diego and San Pedro. The fishing canneries were Star Kist Tuna and Chicken of the Sea. Eventually the canneries were closed and thereafter most of the fishing caught by American Tuna Boats fishing out of San Diego were unloaded at Star Kist Tuna located in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. A family owned Tuna Boat that many of my dad’s immediate family members worked including my grandfather Joe Balelo was M/V Claudia B, which was owned by my uncle John Balelo and his wife Claudia Balelo. The tradition carried on and I was the last family member to carry on that tradition between father and son to work in Tuna Boats. I started when I was 14 years old. Very hard work and extremely dangerous job that was ended after 4 years when I decided to come to the U.S.and go to school. I was the first the brake way from that hard life after seeing the family sacrificies made by my dad. He worked every 2 years or more before he went home to see his family and that only lasted for a week or two. Not the life I wanted to live and therefore I came to live and work towards my American Dream. I lived in San Diego for few months until I adventured myself alone to explore a beatiful place known as Orange County, CA. Upon arrival, I met some great people that went to school there and allowed me to stay in their apartment until I found a place to stay. Quickly I had friends, a place to stay and a job. It didn’t take long for me to find Newport Beach, CA. a place that I called home and stepping grounds. Newport Beach is the location that I lived the longest since arriving in the U.S. as an imigrant. I quickly enroll myself originally as an Internatlional Student at Orange Coast College. Until I became a Permanent Resident in U.S. I had to pay Out-of-State fees which then it was a $113 a unit. My first job was valet parking cars and not long after I started, I opened my own valet parking business. I quickly got many accounts and made enough money to support my college education. Thereafter, I got into the Automotive Industry where I stayed for 17 years. Upon graduating Orange Coast College, I start going to U.S.C. My degrees are in Business Administration and International Business. I was a 3.89 GPA average student and worked really hard to put myself through school. The car business was a school of its own with life lessons that can never be taught at any school. I was one of the first people to be involved with e-Commerce in automotive industry serving as a Internet Sales Manager for Nissan and advisory board member of Cars.com and the Cobalt Group. I sold many cars and created a name for myself leading the national rank for Nissan with the Autonation Group. I was offered an opportunity to work at Brown and Brown Nissan in Tempe, AZ. which I eventually accepted and start a life new in Scottsdale, AZ. With popularity in rankings, offers from other dealership were inevitable and quickly I move up to Internet and Fleet Management positions at other dealerhsips. I served Nissan, Honda, Cadillac, GMC, Pontiac, Buick, Ford and eventually Mercedes-Benz. Ironically, the manager that got me to move from California to Arizona originally from Brown & Brown Nissan was also responsible in moving me back to California as a Director of Bunnin Buick Pontiac GMC and eventually Cadillac and Cars 101 in Oxnard, CA. I moved from Scottsdale to Camarillo and eventually ended up leaving in Hollywood Hills working for Keyes Europen Mercedes-Benz in Van Nuys and then at Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills. I have the sales records for both of those stores. At Keyes, I had an individual sales performance of 68.5 cars in one month. I was in a different league working for Mercedes-Benz with monthly pay checks close to some of my yearly paychecks from the past. I was the leading eCommerce Director in the U.S. for many brands and ultimately with Mercedes-Benz at Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills under Group 1 Automotive. I then decided to open my own highline dealership and brokearage firm. With economyical changes and the fall of the housing market, the Automotive Industry follow the same trend and in 2008 I got out of the Automotive Business and start selling things on Ebay from home. It started as a hobby and quickly turned into an empire. I was always looking for deals and clearance items then start buying liquidations, customer returns and closeouts. I grew tremendously fast with over $1,000,000 in sales in the first six months of opening the new business. It quickly grew to what is today Balelo, Inc. and its companies and divisions. Balelo, Inc. now employs over 50 people with several locations including a gaming store called The Game Exchange. Balelo, Inc. is involved with auctions, liquidations, reburbishing and repair, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, closeouts and distribution. Our main warehouse is located at 4486 Runway St. in Simi Valley, CA 93063. About a year or so ago, I start buying storage units at auctions. Currently, my staff and I buys an average of over 100 storage units per week. I have been extremely successful and enjoy this business. I have participated on A&E’s reality tv show Storage Wars. I been feature in some episodes and will continue to participate in future episodes from time to time. I have recently opened my Auction Company and became a licensed auctioneer to conduct auctions to sell the bulk of the merchandise acquired from storage units. Balelo Auctions had its first auction on July 31, 2011. It was my official debut as a professional auctioneer learning direct from one of the best auctioneers, Mr. Dan Dotson with American Auctioneers.

Sincerely,

Mark Balelo

http://community.aetv.com/service/displayKickPlace.kickAction?u=33807159


27 posted on 02/12/2013 4:12:26 PM PST by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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