‘Storage Wars’ Star Mark Balelo Poisons Self|
Mark Balelo, star of TV hit Storage Wars, was found dead in his car after he committed suicide.
The 40-year-old Portuguese-born reality star ingested a lethal dose of carbon monoxide after staying in his car and leaving the motor running. The report obtained by TMZ stated that one of his employees found his body in Simi Valley, California Monday morning.
The actor has been arrested for a drug-related offense last Saturday and the next day he reportedly was visited by his fiancé, responding to his request to come see him. Police are investigating his death.
According to his A&E bio, he lived with his family in Brazil when he was 3 to 14 years old and went to work on one of his family’s tuna boats. He eventually moved to San Diego, Calif., then Newport Beach, finally moving up to L.A., where he earned a lot of money from his expensive European cars he sold – until the economic crash five years ago.
Then the actor said he started "selling things on eBay from home. It started as a hobby and quickly turned into an empire. I grew tremendously fast with over $1,000,000 in sales in the first six months of opening the new business. Balelo, Inc. now employs over 50 people with several locations."