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Death of 'Storage Wars' regular Mark Balelo ruled a suicide

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say the death of a businessman featured on A&E's "Storage Wars" has been declared a suicide.

The Ventura County medical examiner's office determined Mark Balelo died after inhaling carbon monoxide from car exhaust fumes. His body was found Monday morning in a business warehouse in Simi Valley, Calif.

"Storage Wars" followed Balelo as one of a group of buyers who bid on abandoned storage units searching for lucrative items to sell.

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Balelo, who immigrated to Southern California from Portugal, had been featured on the show, and stated in an online autobiography that he opened an auction business in 2011.

A&E Television Networks declined to comment on Balelo's death.

There was no answer at a phone number registered to his company, Balelo Inc., on Tuesday afternoon.

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