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Painter Kinkade died of drug and alcohol overdose - report

4:42 pm - 05/08/2012

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (Reuters) - "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade died of accidental acute intoxication from alcohol and an anti-anxiety medication, according to autopsy report made
public on Monday by local NBC Bay Area TV.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office reported Kinkade's cause of death as "acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication" and manner of death as "accident," according to the NBC station. Diazepam is the active ingredient in Valium.

A Santa Clara County Coroner's investigator confirmed to Reuters that the autopsy report on Kinkade had been completed but said he could not release it after business hours.

Kinkade, the self-proclaimed "Painter of Light," whose works captivated millions of Americans despite the scorn of many art critics, died in April at his home in Northern California at the
age of 54.

His brother told the San Jose Mercury News newspaper that the painter had battled alcoholism for several years and suffered a relapse before he died.

Patrick Kinkade said his brother had been burdened in recent years by a separation from his wife, financial troubles and the low opinion of his work by critics.

Thomas Kinkade was arrested for drunk driving in 2010, the same year his company filed for bankruptcy. Art galleries reported a surge in sales of Kinkade's paintings following his
death.


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He was a terrible artist, and even worse a schemer taking the money of naive would-be art investors and even honest dealers, so don't feel too bad for him.
etherealtsuki 9th-May-2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Except that issue is divorced of this conversation is talking about. No one is debating the guy was a complete shitbag of the lowest order but don't get all elitist over his art by saying it could be the same thing as sending a child's painting when the Lourve do showcase abstract art that can easily qualify as child's painting.

Art elitism in comtemporary art irritates me to no end.
chaya 9th-May-2012 01:42 am (UTC)
Out of honest curiosity: art elitism in non-contemporary art isn't irritating to you?
etherealtsuki 9th-May-2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Not as much. My issue with comtemporary arthead when they criticize other forms of art when they have branches that they support that kinda makes a mockery of the fine art industry in itself. There are too many pieces that doesn't really show and too reliant on tell. For example, there was a spot painting that sold for millions. Of a singular dot.

It often feel the industry isn't that more innocent than Kindade. Only that they do it legally.
rex_dart 9th-May-2012 09:31 am (UTC)
It's not really fair of you to portray everyone who thinks Thomas Kinkade was a shithead hack as a contemporary art elitist. A lot of us hate contemporary art.
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