Thomas Kinkade cause of death 'acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication'
Kinkade died at his Northern California home April 6 at the age of 54. Kinkade's brother Pat told the San Jose Mercury News at the time that the painter had battled alcoholism for several years before recently sobering up, and then relapsing right before his death, with tragic consequences.
The self-titled "Painter of Light" was popular with American consumers for the idyllic, bucolic scenes in his paintings, despite the disdain of art critics. Kinkade was survived by a girlfriend, Amy Pinto, and four daughters Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett with his ex-wife Nanette.