Artist Mike Kelley has passed away at his home in Los Angeles, having apparently taken his own life. The tragic news was confirmed to BLOUIN ARTINFO by Helene Winer, of New York's Metro Pictures gallery, a long-time associate of the artist. "It is totally shocking that someone would decide to do this, someone who has success and renown and options," said Winer. "It's extremely sad." She added that the artist had been depressed. -ArtInfoI met Mike Kelley once, ever-so-briefly, at the last Carnegie International, in which he had a prominent installation. He seemed like a nice enough guy, and certainly very smart. I made out with one of his installers, actually. In any case, if he was depressed despite his "success and renown," then I will suggest it is because he realized that he was a fraud; his art mere fashion; any and all talent which he seemed actually to have had burned up for naught--his soul quite literally sacrificed to the demonic pantheon of the self-regarding artworld illiterati. I'd kill myself too if I suddenly found myself a muppet making crafts for rich suckers looking to blow their wads at Gagosian.