Fellow blogger and attorney Paul Ogden reported on his Facebook that the longtime blogger passed away. He had published nearly daily on his Advance Indiana blog for over 11 years.
To say I went hot and cold on Gary would be the proper way to describe how I felt about the man and his blog. He and I had a few go arounds in the blogosphere, and I found some of his blog posts, frankly, way out there. Others, I found in poor taste. Others were brilliant.
No matter what he posted, I always respected Gary for his commitment to publishing and the sheer volume of work he did as a blogger.
Already this year, Gary had pumped out 316 posts. In previous years, he topped the thousand post mark easily. I know first hand how hard it is to create five posts per week. I don't know how he did it.
His last post was on Friday on the Indiana Presidential Primary, and it included the cryptic, "If I'm not around to see the vote results, my prediction is that Trump wins Indiana with just shy of 50% of the vote, but he will carry every single congressional district and sweep the delegate race--assuming the party-chosen delegates honor their rules-bound commitment to support the winner on the first ballot."
Gary's loss will be felt in the Indy blogosphere because, even if we disagreed, you had to respect when Gary was at his best. It was when he was taking on his own party and Greg Ballard. It was when he was holding city government's feet to the fire and exposing the kinds of corruption only deep research and journalism could. Gary Welsh was a citizen journalist.
I never met him, but I wanted to. I hope he knew that I did respect him despite our differences of opinion. I won't get a chance to tell him.
Indy blogging giant Gary Welsh is gone, and there's no one to fill that hole.
The Indianapolis Business Journal is calling Gary's death an "apparent suicide." Autopsy is planned for Monday.