Thomas Kinkade's Troubled Past: Was He Drinking Heavily Before His Death? Last Friday when Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend, Amy Pinto, made the 9-1-1 call, it seems that he was in a very different situation than the one she initially relayed to the San Jose Mercury News earlier this week. Kinkade popularity grows In life, Thomas Kinkade was easily one of the world's most commercially successful artists. In death, his popularity has only grown. Thomas Kinkade, 'Painter of Light,' generates posthumous sales SAN FRANCISCO, April 11 (Reuters) - Thomas Kinkade made art that was reproduced countless times and lambasted by critics, but now galleries selling his work are reporting increased demand after the painter's unexpected death in Northern California at age 54. RIP Thomas Kinkade. And how is he different from Damien Hirst? Thomas Kinkade's cute cottages and flower gardens made him an artist reviled by critics, but a gazillionaire In memoriam: Thomas Kinkade. And how is he different from Damien Hirst? Thomas Kinkade's cute cottages and flower gardens made him an artist reviled by critics, but a gazillionaire Thomas Kinkade 911 Call: Artist Drank Himself To Death? Earlier in the week Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend Amy Pinto claimed that the artist died peacefully in his sleep but new evidence has surfaced that might reveal an alcohol related death. Rescue workers raced to Thomas Kinkade's home in California after they received a call about a 54-year-0ld man who was unconscious after "drinking all night." [...] Thomas Kinkade 911 Call: Artist Drank Himself To ... Thomas Kinkade died peacefully in sleep, girlfriend says As the Santa Clara County Coroner's office tries to determine how painter Thomas Kinkade died, a close friend said he passed peacefully in his sleep. Thomas Kinkade's cause of death is weeks away, coroner says Although the autopsy of painter Thomas Kinkade has been completed, the announcement of his cause of death may be weeks away, officials said Tuesday. Thomas Kinkade paintings selling swiftly: What buyers should know Thomas Kinkade 's paintings of bucolic landscapes and light-filled cottages have been scooped up by collectors nationwide ever since the artist's death at 54 on Friday. Kinkade galleries across the country report a surge in sales of originals and limited-edition reproductions as fans mourn the "Painter of Light's" death. Read full article >> Thomas Kinkade, Landscape Painter, Dies at 54 The self-described "Painter of Light," who died Friday at age 54, produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes in dewy morning light that were beloved by many but criticized by the art establishment.
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