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Painter Thomas Kinkade Drank Heavily on the Night Before He Died
Faith issues ^ | 4/13/2012 | Mark Ellis

Posted on 04/13/2012 6:22:44 PM PDT by sreastman

by Mark Ellis, FaithIssues/Godreports

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 AM last 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."

Kinkade’s live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto, 48, made the 9-1-1 call. Later, she told the "San Jose Mercury News" that Kinkade “died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved, and the woman he loved.”

Kinkade built one of the world’s most profitable art empires from his idyllic work, which often featured Christian themes. But his company was in bankruptcy and he had well-publicized problems with alcohol. Two years ago, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail for drunk driving.

The Los Gatos police said they had responded to several calls to his Monte Sereno house related to domestic disputes between Kinkade and his girlfriend.

An autopsy was conducted Monday, but the cause of death could take weeks to release while awaiting a toxicology report.

Thomas Kinkade left behind hundreds of unreleased paintings, sketches and writings, close friends told "The Daily."

“He has things that nobody has ever seen that are beautiful, that are absolutely beautiful,” said Linda Raasch, who had known the late painter more than 25 years.

Raasch said his personal work is mostly in the plein air style of French expressionism — quick paintings that capture the ambiance of the light and air — in contrast to his more popular, highly-detailed renditions of bucolic settings, "The Daily" reported.

“He was brilliant, he was beyond talented. Far beyond what the public has ever seen,” Raasch said.

The Kinkade Company, which licenses and distributes his work, has not decided how it will reveal his unreleased work, a spokesman said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alcohol; death; thomanskinkade

1 posted on 04/13/2012 6:22:52 PM PDT by sreastman
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To: sreastman

Not the “Painter of Light” but the Drinker of Bud Light.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 6:26:10 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: sreastman

I guess he was a real artist after all :-(


3 posted on 04/13/2012 6:27:26 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: sreastman

Sad. A true G-d given talent gone.


4 posted on 04/13/2012 6:27:48 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: sreastman

What was really up??’i had a. 48 once. I didn’t die. Im either lucky or he was unlucky..


5 posted on 04/13/2012 6:28:43 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: sreastman
Anyone is potentially vulnerable to depression and alcohol abuse is a common symptom. By the way, what's your point?
6 posted on 04/13/2012 6:29:46 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: goseminoles

By having a .48 and not dying, tells me that you are not an amateur drinker, you are truly a professional!


7 posted on 04/13/2012 6:33:12 PM PDT by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that I am ashamed of!)
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To: sreastman

Those $1,000 prints will go up in value now. Last I heard they went for 45 bucks apiece on eBay (and nobody was buying.)


8 posted on 04/13/2012 6:34:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: goseminoles

You must have felt wonderful the next day.


9 posted on 04/13/2012 6:35:44 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: sreastman

“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.””

“Kinkade’s live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto, 48, made the 9-1-1 call. Later, she told the “San Jose Mercury News” that Kinkade “died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved, and the woman he loved.””

“Kinkade built one of the world’s most profitable art empires from his idyllic work, which often featured Christian themes. But his company was in bankruptcy and he had well-publicized problems with alcohol. Two years ago, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail for drunk driving.”

Married, live in shack-up girlfriend, drinking all night, happy, drunk driving, bankruptcy and jail time.


10 posted on 04/13/2012 6:37:06 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: sreastman
Kinkade’s live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto, 48, made the 9-1-1 call. Later, she told the "San Jose Mercury News" that Kinkade “died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved, and the woman he loved.”

The girlfriend sounds like a class act. Lets see how much he loved her when the will is read.

11 posted on 04/13/2012 6:37:22 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: sreastman

I have a couple of kinkaid miniatures that I use as night-lights. Sorry to see that he was suffering.


12 posted on 04/13/2012 6:38:24 PM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: goseminoles

The only two people I know/knew of with those kind of numbers were dead - you are very lucky, FRiend.


13 posted on 04/13/2012 6:39:18 PM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
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To: sreastman
Kinkade’s live-in girlfriend, Amy Pinto, 48, made the 9-1-1 call. Later, she told the San Jose Mercury News that Kinkade “died in his sleep, very happy, in the house he built, with the paintings he loved, and the woman he loved.”

Sounds as if it was more like "Leaving Las Vegas" to me.

14 posted on 04/13/2012 6:41:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Over half of U.S. murders are of black people, and 90% of them are committed by other black people.)
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To: sreastman
Apparently Kinkade was a lousy businessman and not entirely trustworthy.

"Kinkade is a … deadbeat," said their lawyer, Norman Yatooma, who accused the artist and his Los Angeles attorney, Dana Levitt, of "breaching their agreement" to pay up. "Kinkade's word is as worthless as his artwork. His lawyer is no better."

15 posted on 04/13/2012 6:42:45 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: sreastman; a fool in paradise

It looks like Pinto’s ride is over!


16 posted on 04/13/2012 6:43:04 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: sreastman

Nobody who is in Hollywood who claims to be a Christian really is it seems.


17 posted on 04/13/2012 6:45:00 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Uncle Slayton

sick and twisted but funny as heck!


18 posted on 04/13/2012 6:45:47 PM PDT by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: sreastman

The bigger they are the greater the attack from our vicious, all too capable enemy, Satan. When someone becomes famous and is a known Christian most have no idea as to the extent that they become under spiritual attack. Unless someone is really blanketed with prayer, isn’t under any false teachings that cause vulnerability, is constantly reading the Bible and seeking The LORD, it is nearly impossible to come out unscathed. The average person has no idea.

Excerpt from “A mighty Fortress is our God”:
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Saboath His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.


19 posted on 04/13/2012 7:01:00 PM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Beowulf9

He’s from Los Gatos (Monte Sereno), not Hollywood. Los Gatos is between San Jose and Santa Cruz in the central region of California.


20 posted on 04/13/2012 7:06:16 PM PDT by MASS-2 FAC (Get premium health care - run for congress)
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To: P.O.E.

his Christmas ornaments were spectacular....expensive- but spectacular...


21 posted on 04/13/2012 7:10:12 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: MagUSNRET

I could not find where he had a .48 BAC. But if true, then almost 1/2 of his blood was Alcohol. Your heart pumps blood, it’s not a alcohol pump! Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. Truly sad.


22 posted on 04/13/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: sreastman

Knowing relatively little about art, I had never heard of Mr. Kincade until his death.


23 posted on 04/13/2012 7:21:26 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: sreastman

This is a sad loss of an incredibly gifted man.

I have see his beautiful work in an art gallery not far from where I live.

I don’t own any of his work, only because his paintings are EXTREMELY expensive..... but IMHO, they are worth every dime.


24 posted on 04/13/2012 7:40:54 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: sreastman

At 54, alcohol is no longer your friend.


25 posted on 04/13/2012 7:52:13 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: sreastman
Another artist who died too young was Patrick Nagel. I always liked his stuff.

My parents have this print in their home:


26 posted on 04/13/2012 7:53:25 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Theodore R.

Lucky you. Kitsch.


27 posted on 04/13/2012 7:54:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Bellflower

Bell.... I totally agree with your post. But for the grace AND mercy of a loving God...go many. He was obviously discouraged and depressed......trying to fill that void in his heart with all the wrong things. Prayers up for his family...


28 posted on 04/13/2012 7:54:31 PM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Colorado Cowgirl

I was responding to the poster at post number 5...where HE indicated HE (the poster) had a 48....I ask that you kindly read up-thread before responding to me, thanks


29 posted on 04/13/2012 7:56:39 PM PDT by MagUSNRET (I have always been proud of my country, it is my government that I am ashamed of!)
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To: MagUSNRET

Hey me, I read the up thread thank you, now I need a drink!


30 posted on 04/13/2012 8:17:30 PM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: Bellflower

Well said Bellflower.


31 posted on 04/13/2012 8:20:41 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: MASS-2 FAC

Actually, I tend to always lump all the famous together as Hollywood, because of the media climate. It’s dumb of me. Sorry.


32 posted on 04/13/2012 8:21:48 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: sreastman

I believe he was 9 million$ in debt


33 posted on 04/13/2012 8:23:30 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: Disambiguator
we have three Nagel prints..

My artist son loved his work and we gifted him with the prints when he was a young student in college..

I've always enjoyed the work of Kincade and am sorry to hear of his troubles..I didn't follow his PERSONAL life but did follow his art pieces...we all have problems in our personal lives...sad when you become famous and known, your private personal lives becomes others critical remarks...

glad I'm not famous...
have a Blessed week end all...

34 posted on 04/13/2012 8:28:25 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Colorado Cowgirl
When they say ".48," they mean .48 percent, in other words about 1/200. Of course, that's still really bad for you.
35 posted on 04/13/2012 8:34:53 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: P.O.E.

I have two also, One is a house the other a light house.


36 posted on 04/13/2012 8:44:23 PM PDT by cotton
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To: sreastman

“....an unconscious, 54 year-old man who had been “drinking all night,”

Unconscious people don’t drink!


37 posted on 04/13/2012 8:55:55 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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If I had to look at those paintings all the time, I would drink heavily too. I know a lot of folks love his stuff, but it’s like fingers on a chalkboard to me.


38 posted on 04/13/2012 9:07:23 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Colorado Cowgirl

I think it’s 0.48 PERCENT, not 0.48 of the
total...would work out to be about 1/200 of the blood...
still a fair amount...
wonder if foul play could be investigated, especially
since his girl friend said he was happy...usually when
someone you love suddenly dies, you would be devastated,
you don’t bust out into a Happy Eulogy.


39 posted on 04/13/2012 9:07:23 PM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: sreastman
It is so sad, yet it happens all too often, that success and the wealth that usually comes with it, destroys so many lives. I think it is no accident.

1 Peter 5:8 (NKJ)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

I find this to be a profound verse. I especially like the New King James version quoted above. Seeking “WHOM” he may devour. He is especially seeking out those who make it easy for him. Those that may have fallen away from their faith. Drunkenness, adultery, etc., makes you an easy target.

Ephesians 4:27 (NIV)

27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

40 posted on 04/13/2012 9:18:12 PM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Vermont Lt

I agree. This isn’t to speak ill of the man, I know nothing about him, but his work was repellent to me.

But, hey...that is what art is all about. If someone likes a piece of art, then it has value, at least to that person, and it doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks.


41 posted on 04/13/2012 9:24:25 PM PDT by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Likewise. I grew up being educated in the fine arts. The first time I saw one of his paintings, it struck me as appealing to pop culture- pretty paintings, but certainly not art. It’s great people love it and it makes them happy, but please don’t call it “art.”


42 posted on 04/13/2012 9:47:44 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: sreastman

Rest in peace Mr. Kincaid

43 posted on 04/13/2012 10:08:49 PM PDT by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: Uncle Slayton; windcliff; stylecouncilor

But, for art.

RIP.


44 posted on 04/13/2012 10:38:06 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: pops88

You must get a lot of nosebleeds, what with your nose being stuck up so high in the air and all.


45 posted on 04/14/2012 2:30:36 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Disambiguator

I remember seeing a lot of Nagel prints back in the 80s, but I swear I didn’t know he was dead. I thought he’d just made a ton of money and retired.


46 posted on 04/14/2012 3:56:09 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: goseminoles; DainBramage
I knew two people that died with BACs in the 0.30s. Both seasoned Russian drinkers that had a bad night.

But I'm fairly certain it was from choking while passed out, not from direct alcohol poisoning.

47 posted on 04/14/2012 8:00:55 AM PDT by varyouga
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To: Ken H

‘You must get a lot of nosebleeds, what with your nose being stuck up so high in the air and all.”

And you’ve had how many art appreciation courses at the college level? I criticized no one for liking them. Did I say they lacked value? They obviously have value to the people that enjoy them. I don’t consider them “art.” I consider them pretty pictures the stuff of which greeting cards and puzzles are made. That somehow makes me a snob? When people better educated than me hang them in major galleries across the world, then I’ll concede his paintings rise to the level of art. As has been pointed out, his work is kitsch.


48 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:51 AM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
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To: sreastman

So he died of progressive alcoholism, it would appear. I think this happens more often than is generally realized.


49 posted on 04/14/2012 10:19:14 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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