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Alcohol, pills are cited in artist Kinkade’s death

Published: May 9, 2012 | 8:14 am
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Officials are confirming that artist Thomas Kinkade died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription tranquilizers.

The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that the self-described “Painter of Light” died April 6 due to a combination of ethanol and diazepam intoxication, or in common terms, alcohol and the tranquilizer often marketed as Valium.

Before his death, the 54-year-old Kinkade produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes that he sold in a nationwide chain of galleries.

Kinkade was born in Sacramento in 1958 and moved to Placerville as a young boy. It was in the town of his youth that his art empire was born after he was commissioned to create a work for the Placerville Library. A few years later, a Placerville gift shop began carrying his works. By 1990, the place was the Thomas Kinkade Gallery.

In recent years, however, Kinkade had run into per- sonal difficulties, including a 2010 bankruptcy filing by one of his companies.

His brother Patrick Kinkade did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday, but has said the painter battled alcoholism and had relapsed before his death at his Monte Sereno home.

– Associated Press and Bee staff

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