Star of A&E's "Storage Wars" Mark Balelo was found dead in his car on Monday just two days after being arrested for drug charges for possession of methamphetamine.
In an apparent suicide, the reality TV personality parked his car and left it running at his auction house in Simi Valley, Calif asphyxiating himself with carbon monoxide Sunday night, according to TMZ.
After his arrest it was reported that he was very distraught from the event and told his fiance to come over because he was concerned he may hurt himself.
His fiance left the 40-year-old Balelo at his office after he seemed to be doing better but his body was found early Monday morning by employees.
Balelo appeared in several episodes of the A&E hit reality series and was known for wearing flashy clothes and donned the nickname Rico Suave. His "Storage Wars" claim to fame was when he helped return a rare Superman comic book valued at $1 million to its owner, actor Nicholas Cage.
"Storage Wars" has been under fire as of recent with a pending lawsuit filed by former cast member Dave Hester who is claiming the series is completely fake and valuables are placed on purpose in the storage units to make for better television.
The network's lawyers want the lawsuit to be tossed calling it an "exaggerated self-portrait."
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertain...#ixzz2KiKSasOE