Financially troubled Thomas Kinkade may have drunk self to death

In this Sept. 15, 2006 file photo, artist Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting, "Prayer For Peace," at the opening of the exhibit "From Abraham to Jesus," in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

Alcohol can be your best friend, but it is really the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, as the late Thomas Kinkade discovered the night that he died.  The fact is too much booze can stop your heart and you may find yourself waking up dead.  Sadly this may well have been what happened to Kinkade.

Earlier this week, Thomas Kinkade’s girlfriend told the San Jose Mercury News that the artist “died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved, and the woman he loved.” But another depressing article in The Daily paints a very different picture: When that same girlfriend, Amy Pinto, called 911 on the morning Kinkade died, she apparently told the dispatchers Kinkade had been drinking. “Apparently he has been drinking all night and not moving,” the dispatcher says on the recording.

In addition Kinkade’s relationship with Pinto was also seemingly troubled: Los Gatos police confirmed they had responded “a couple” of times to Kinkade’s home, and a neighbor says those calls involved domestic disputes. “They’d get into some nasty fights,” he says. The Mercury News notes Kinkade and Pinto started dating six months after Kinkade’s wife Nanette filed for legal separation and had been together about a year and a half.

If that weren’t enough Thomas Kinkade was known as the “Painter of Light,” but the last few years of his life seem to have been fairly dark: The Daily reports that Kinkade owed about $9 million to at least 165 creditors when he died. Claims range from the huge ($2.4 million from a decade-old dispute with two former gallery owners, $40,000 in back taxes) to the tiny ($125 owed to a computer and toner supply company) and also include the fairly bizarre ($2,251 to … Arrowhead Mountain spring water?). His bankrupt distribution arm, once worth $145 million, was down to $1.4 million in cash and $6.5 million in assets last April.

In retrospect one can only be surprised that the beautiful work produced by Kinkade was in no way reflective of his troubled life as was Picasso, Van Gogh and others.

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9 Responses to Financially troubled Thomas Kinkade may have drunk self to death

  1. E.A. Blair

    April 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

    “..beautiful work…”? Try maudlin, trite, trivial, a hundred other adjectives synonymous with “junky” will do.

    • Michael John Scott

      April 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

      LOL! Thanks E.A. I guess it’s true what they say about beauty being in the eye of the beholder.

  2. Anonymous

    April 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Thomas Kinkade was to art what Velveeta is to cheese.

  3. starburst63

    April 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Thomas Kinkade was to art as Busch is to beer.

    • Erin Nanasi

      April 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Busch and Velveeta. Now THERE’S an appetizer.

  4. Donna

    April 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    As an old time English teacher, please use drunk with have, not drank. it grates on my nerves to see headlines like this. Ugh!!

    • Michael John Scott

      April 12, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Donna. I will change this ASAP. Looking for some PT work as an editor?

  5. Erin Nanasi

    April 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Donna-He’s a great boss! 😀

  6. Anonymous

    April 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Kinkade is to art what NASA is to the Inter-Gallactic Startship Federation.