Mark Balelo, the flamboyant auctioneer who appeared on A&E's "Storage Wars," was found dead in his car on Monday morning, in what appeared to be a suicide.
According to the Ventura County Medical Examiner's Office, the 40-year-old Balelo died of asphyxiation from carbon monoxide and exhaust fumes. He was found in a car parked in a garage at his Simi Valley auction house, Balelo Inc.
Balelo, known as "Rico Suave" on the series, which follows a team of auctioneers who sell off the contents of reclaimed storage units to buyers, drew interest for the outlandish outfits he wore to auctions and for the large sums of cash he brought to auctions to buy items.
According to the Ventura County Star, Balelo was arrested at his business on Saturday on charges of possession of methamphetamines. He was due to appear in court on Feb. 19.