May 9, 2012- The coroner’s office of Sana Clara on Tuesday closed the case of Thomas Kinkade the famed painter. The office announced Kinkade had died of an accidental overdose of Valium and alcohol. The findings follow comments from many people, including the painter’s brother, whom have said he had been battling a drinking problem over the past few years.
On the day of his death, Kinkade’s girlfriend said the painter had been drinking quite heavily. The coroner’s office said that Diazepam and ethanol intoxication were the cause of the death. Kinkade died on April 6 at home in Monte Sereno, which is a community close to Los Gatos near San Francisco.
Millions and millions of paintings done by Kinkade are in homes across the globe, popularity that equalled over $50 million in income for the artist between 1997 and 2005. He was known for his great generosity. He once gave a widow from Anaheim, California over $25,000 worth of his paintings to help replace the paintings that were destroyed in a fire.
Patrick, Kinkade’s brother said last month that many years of attacks of a mean-spirited and personal nature on Kinkade, and a marriage separation worn on Kinkade. He therefore battled alcoholism the last five years of his life.