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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.
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.
evil_laugher 8th-May-2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
What is the sarcasm about, though?
foureyedgirl 8th-May-2012 10:29 pm (UTC)
because his paintings aren't valuable at all, basically pieces of shit? that's how I understood it anyway.
evil_laugher 9th-May-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
It's just confused me because it's on a post about a man's deadly overdose. Like... valuable? Ironically not worth of value? An overdose?
chaya 9th-May-2012 01:28 am (UTC)
He's known for 1) valueless kitsch style art and 2) shady business practices where he pretends that the valueless art is a ~great investment~. Hence the relevance of a sarcastic 'valuable' comment. Perhaps his infamous side wasn't as well-known as I had previously assumed!
evil_laugher 9th-May-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
I knew about that (it's actually in the article, but was still confused about the application of the phrase to this particular post. Because if you were basically joking about someone's death from overdose, that's just uncomfortable.
chaya 9th-May-2012 01:41 am (UTC)
As I explained above, it has nothing to do with his death and everything to do with how he is known for valueless paintings which were presented as valuable.
maclou 8th-May-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
I'm confused about this tag as well, I looked back though it and I still don't understand...
kseda 9th-May-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
From the Rod Blagojevich scandal where he was describing Obama's senate seat. I beleive he also said somehting along the lines of "I've got this thing and it's fucking golden." Fucking valuable thing entered into ontd_p lexicon to be applied, usually sarcastically, to anything of worth.

I think. Someone correct me.
alierakieron 9th-May-2012 12:44 am (UTC)
Thus my own new tag: "Pretentious snobbery is worse than bad taste." Especially when it makes you do things like celebrate someone else's self-destruction.

Yes, his business practices were questionable at best, so I'm very glad those were brought to light. But I won't dance at anyone's funeral. especially from a cause that came very close to taking members of my own family.
chaya 9th-May-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
I don't think anybody's at dancing stage here. He intentionally stole from people, exploited the uninformed and religious, and groped women. For these reasons I am fine with saying "nothing of value was lost". If your reaction is not the same, that of course is perfectly fine.
evil_laugher 9th-May-2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Okay, so it wasn't a random joke about the quality of his art. Just a joke about someone dying from an overdose.
chaya 9th-May-2012 01:46 am (UTC)
Nnnnnnnnnoo, as I said above, twice, the tag is a joke about his paintings.
alierakieron 9th-May-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, having read the groping part of the story, I still think the tag was in bad taste, but I wouldn't have commented about it.
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