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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.
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.
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