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Thomas Kinkade Headline Shocks Me “Died Peacefully In Sleep, Girlfriend Says”

April 10, 2012

I am not one who lives in a cocoon.  I think the breadth of what gets covered on this blog is proof of that.  But I must say this headline did take me aback.

Thomas Kinkade died peacefully in sleep, girlfriend says

All these years I was under the impression that Kinkade was a happily married man, and his Christian values were ones that were real.  I admit to really liking his work, but I hasten to add his beliefs had nothing to do with how I viewed some of my favorite paintings he created.  But he sold his image as well as his artwork.  And it now looks like a sham.

So, yeah this headline is troubling.  Thomas Kinkade died peacefully in sleep, girlfriend says

So, let’s get some more details.

Sources, who declined to be identified, said Kinkade was estranged from his wife Nanette and had changed his lifestyle considerably in the last three years.

They also said Kinkade was no longer living at his Ridgecrest Avenue home in Monte Sereno and had grown a beard, sported a hat and wore more casual clothing.

Kinkade’s family attributed his death to natural causes, though the exact cause of death will be determined by the coroner.

“We are shocked and saddened by his death,” his wife, Nanette Kinkade, whom he had been separated from for over a year, said in a statement.

In the last decade he had been locked in legal battles with former Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery owners, some of whom accused him in lawsuits of trading heavily on his Christian beliefs even as he drove them into financial ruin.

He had battled alcohol abuse, former business associates said in court records and interviews, and in 2010 his mug shot went viral after his arrest on a drunk driving charge to which he later pleaded no contest.

“The Thomas Kinkade story and legacy is a story of triumph and tragedy, which I believe that everyone can gain from paying attention to,” said Terry Sheppard, a former Kinkade friend and company vice president who parted ways with the painter in 2003.

And then there was this.

Amy Pinto, in tears, told a reporter through an intercom outside the gate at the Monte Sereno home that Kinkade died Friday morning peacefully but she offered few details.

The two had been dating for the past 18 months, Pinto said, about six months after his wife, Nanette, filed for legal separation. Nanette and the couple’s two teenage daughters were in Australia at the time of his death

One Comment
  1. Ally permalink
    April 13, 2012 3:03 AM

    So what is your point here? The man was real, talented, gifted and the man was also like us human. Focus on all the good he did. Listen to what Nanette said. She knows him. Why do you need to point out 5 negatives instead of listing thousands of good things Mr. Kinkade did. His paintings are in more homes than any other artist that I know of. He liked to comfort people. He donated millions after 911 to the red cross. He went to Russia and used his art to support a mission. He has helped thousands of fatherless people and so much more. Why is it people feel they have a right to speak negative about someone who died????? I think you are really a negative pessamist and maybe you ought to write an article on the good things this man did. Do your research and see all the people this man donated to.

    I now am afraid to die with the way people have wanted to throw stones at this man. This man gave and gave and gave more. As his wife said in her grief, Thomas provided for his family. Thomas provided for many. He had a great heart and he knew poverty. He knew riches and only God knew his true heart. I believe that God understood his pain and his hurts and his frailties, and his strenghts and I believe although he was not perfect God was pleased with him. If we were perfect we would not need Jesus and that is why he died for all of us cuz we can’t be perfect. I say that is pretty amazing grace.

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