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'Storage Wars' participant Mark Balelo has died

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Mark Balelo, an auction house owner featured on the A&E reality TV show Storage Wars, has died, EW has confirmed. He was 40.

Balelo was arrested over the weekend for alleged possession of a controlled substance, TMZ reports. He was reportedly distraught after being released from jail. According to TMZ, an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow.

UPDATE: A statement from A&E released to EW: “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts are with Mark’s family.”

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Originally posted February 12 2013 — 12:21 PM EST

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