"Storage Wars" Buyer Mark Balelo Found Dead at Workplace

Balelo's Facebook page said he was "currently working on a new reality show"

By Patrick Hickey Jr.
|  Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013  |  Updated 12:23 PM CDT
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"Storage Wars" Buyer Mark Balelo Found Dead at Workplace

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Balelo first appeared on the hit show in August 2011.

Mark Balelo, a locker buyer on A&E's "Storage Wars" was found dead Monday at his California workplace, Balelo Inc, the Ventura County Star reported.

No cause of death has been given. An autopsy will be conducted today, according to The Ventura County Medical Examiner's office.

Balelo first appeared on the show in August 2011. In an April 2011 interview Balelo gained national headlines after he returned a stolen copy of Action Comics #1, the origin of the "Man of Steel" himself, Superman, to its rightful owner, actor Nicolas Cage.

During his career, Balelo was also known as an energetic auctioneer. During his auctions, he often wore a Superman costume.

Balelo was arrested on Feb. 10 by Simi Valley police for methamphetamine possession and was scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Feb.19, county records show.

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