Balelo is hardly the first reality TV personality to commit suicide. In 2009, The Wrap reported on 11 suicides by former reality contestants and stars, and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills husband Russell Armstrong's 2011 suicide sparked renewed debates about the stress of appearing on reality TV and the need for more mental health support.
The deaths of Armstrong and other former reality stars may have been sparked in part by their experiences on reality shows; and Storage Wars certainly has had its struggles--including recent fraud allegations--but Balelo's death may have nothing to do with reality TV and instead be related to his alleged drug use, for which he was recently arrested.
What do you think? Is his death connected to the show? Do reality TV personalities have higher rates of suicide or do we just tend to hear more about them?
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