By Mark Ellis
Acclaimed artist Thomas Kinkade died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium, according to the Santa Clara County Coroner’s office.
The coroner’s office listed the “Painter of Light’s” death as “acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication” and stated his manner of death was “accidental.”
Rescue workers raced to “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade’s California home on April 6 but could not revive him. They responded to a call concerning an unconscious, 54-year-old man who had been “drinking all night,” according to a report in The Daily.
By Mark Ellis
Rescue workers who raced to “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade’s California home on the morning he died responded to a call concerning an unconscious, 54-year-old man who had been “drinking all night,” according to a report in The Daily.
A Santa Clara County dispatcher was recorded at 11:16 a.m. Friday saying that a “54-year-old male, unconscious, not breathing. Apparently he has been drinking all night and not moving … CPR in progress.”Santa Clara County officials would not elaborate.
Kinkade was legally separated from his wife, Nanette, and the two had been living apart. Nanette and three of their daughters had traveled to Australia to visit a fourth daughter and were absent when he passed away, according to The Daily.
By Dan Wooding
When I first heard the news that popular California artist Thomas Kinkade, 54, had died of natural causes on Friday (April 6, 2012) at his home in Los Gatos. California, it brought back memories of the time I first met Kinkade and later interviewed him.
Some 13 years ago, I had been invited to speak at the Home Church, in Campbell, California, which had started through the ministry of Pastor Mike and Trisha Kiley and calls itself a “multi-ethnic, multi-generational church, with strong emphasis on reaching out to our local community.”