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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


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.
castalianspring 8th-May-2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
I hate his paintings so much. Not to mention his business practices. But I'm sorry for his family.
carmy_w 8th-May-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
It makes great border paper for my hallway, but buy an actual painting from him? Oh, no.
smirk_dog 8th-May-2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
Did Jared Padalecki play him in a movie?
nesmith 8th-May-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yup. Christmas Cottage. Best watched when inebriated because then it's actually funny.
sesmo 8th-May-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm going to assume that no one bought his "art" as an investment. At least I hope not, because (1) it was common as dirt, and (2) it was the quality of dirt.

I'm shocked that he went bankrupt, because he sold a lot of paintings.

Still alcoholism is difficult, and it sounds more like death by misadventure.
chaya 8th-May-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'm going to assume that no one bought his "art" as an investment.

Sadly false. I'm at work so I can't go linkhunting, but I know his paintings were often presented as an investment purchase (conveniently hiding the factory line tactics used to manufacture them, etc). They weren't targeting savvy art dealers/buyers but rather the elderly, religious, and uninformed.
its_anya 8th-May-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I have never heard of this guy before, but I just looked at his paintings and... wow. If that passes for art that you'd pay more than the price of a Christmas card for, this guy must have been a master of self-marketing.
etherealtsuki 8th-May-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Funny thing is, people brought worse. See abstract art in general.
etherealtsuki 8th-May-2012 09:13 pm (UTC)
You know, I never actually seen Kinkade's work and yeah, it's pretty meh. But, no matter what kind of shithead he was, I don't wish substance addiction on any one, especially growing up with a family member who had a hard time staying clean and dying from it.
spiffynamehere 8th-May-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)

Making shitty art isn't really a good reason to be glad someone died of a drug overdose.
evil_laugher 8th-May-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm confused about the tag "fucking valuable thing". What does it mean? How does it apply here?
chaya 8th-May-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
It is being employed sarcastically.
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evilegg 8th-May-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
It's complicated.
zizzo_no_ai 8th-May-2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
I'd never heard of the guy before today, had eight jigsaws of his paintings donated to work this afternoon and read about his death this evening. Surreal.
evilgmbethy 8th-May-2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
eh, this guy isn't Breitbart levels of awful. I just think this story is kinda sad. Proof yet again that addiction can get to anyone.
bnmc2005 8th-May-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
This post comes along just as I see this image floating around the internet.

bmh4d0k3n 8th-May-2012 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh god, and the font is even Souvenir.
rex_dart 8th-May-2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
How am I the first person to point out that this guy sexually molested a woman at a signing?

So yeah having a lot of trouble mustering up a fuck to give.
etherealtsuki 8th-May-2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Don't wish substance addiction on anybody, but fucking shit, glad he can't harass women anymore.
beokitty 9th-May-2012 02:47 am (UTC)
I like to picture the cottages he paints as brothels and it makes the work much more interesting.
lee_rowan 9th-May-2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
"Painter of Airbrushitude" is more like it. Sympathies for his family, but the guy might as well have been running photos through a 'paint' program - and for all I know, he was. The only talent he had was for self-promotion.
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