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What Was Great Fantasy Artist Ken Kelly’s Cause of Death?


American fantasy artist and created iconic artwork for KISS, Rainbow, Manowar, and Eternal Champion’s 2020 album Ravening Iron, Ken Kelly’s cause of death caught attention after he passed away on June 3, 2022, at the age of 76.

May the legend sleep well in heaven. We offer our deepest sympathies to his loved ones in these tough moments.

He was born on May 19, 1946, in New London, and in his more than 50 decades career, he had concentrated especially on paintings in the sword and sorcery and heroic fantasy genres.

The nephew of Frank Frazetta’s wife Eleanor “Ellie” Frazetta, whose maiden name was Kelly. Also good to mention that in his career he could study the paintings of Frank Frazetta in the latter’s studio.

In the early 1970s, beloved did several cover paintings for Castle of Frankenstein magazine. During the 1970s Kelly was one of the most famous cover artists on Warren Publishing’s Creepy and Eerie magazines.

He has depicted Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and the rock groups KISS, Manowar, Sleepy Hollow, Rainbow, and Ace Frehley.

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Untold Story of Ken Kelly’s Cause of Sudden Death

Although there is not much information about Ken Kelly’s cause of death at this time and official sources have not reported any new data yet, they just claim that he lost his life due to complications of heart disease.

His work often portrays exotic, enchanted locales and primal battlefields. He recently developed the artwork for Coheed and Cambria’s album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, and a painting of his was used as the cover art for Alabama Thunderpussy’s 2007 release, Open Fire. In 2012, one of Kelly’s paintings was used for the cover of Electric Magma’s 12″ vinyl release Canadian Samurai II.

Kelly has been a guest at the Kiss by Monster Mini Golf course in Las Vegas, Nevada, doing autograph signings of prints for the classic Kiss albums he has drawn cover artwork for.

Throughout an interview in 2016, the unforgettable personality opened up about collaborating with Rainbow: “I have to preface it with what happened before I came to Rainbow. Rainbow itself was a very simple cover to do but I don’t want to misrepresent that.”

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He additionally discussed that “the project was a difficult cover, it was a unique cover, but I have to give Ritchie Blackmore the credit for it. He knew exactly what he wanted. So, when I came into his office and after we greeted each other and sat down and started talking about the cover, I believe it comes from one of the songs – the actual reaching of the hand out to the rainbow. I had just been completely overwhelmed with KISS and what I did for them, so I was very prepared when Rainbow called, and then I went into their office and they dictated the cover.”

Continuing, “So I left the office with a complete painting in my head, I simply had to go home and use the disciplines that we’re taught as artists and do what Ritchie said and that’s what I did. I didn’t think about it much at the time, but it’s stayed alive for forty years, it’s amazing, it’s incredible and it was a masterpiece because that’s what Ritchie asked for. He still knows what he’s doing to this day and what he did back then. I would love to say I created everything and it’s all mine, but that’s simply not true.”

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  1. Maher Younsi June 4, 2022

    R.I.P , Ken Kelly .

  2. Kimberly Crockett June 8, 2022

    Ken was my client for 10 years and a dear friend. I am saddened by this tragic loss. I managed all his events and we made a great team for many years. I just noticed I am working the table in the Manowar photo. I am devasted over the unexpected loss of my best buddy and will miss Ken dearly. We had so much more to do.
    – Kimberly Crockett


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