Monday, April 16, 2012
When reports came out last week that at age 54, Kinkade died peacefully in his sleep at the home that he built many people were skeptical about the report. Now news reports are painting a different picture of the “Painter of Light”, apparently he had been drinking all night when he went unconscious and stopped breathing.
Kinkade’s legacy may not have been as angelic as one might have gathered from his paintings. A 2006 LA Times article lists the following incidents: "an allegedly drunken Kinkade heckled illusionists Siegfried and Roy; cursed a former employee's wife who came to his side when he fell off a barstool; fondled a startled woman's breasts at a signing party; and urinated on a Winnie the Pooh figure at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim."
At the time of his death he was dealing with a number of arbitration claims from owners of his galleries across the country, and the LA Times reports that one gallery even filed for bankruptcy in 2010. The lawyer on the case called Kinkade a "deadbeat", saying that "Kinkade's word is as worthless as his artwork."
When Kinkade passed away his debt was enormous by most standards, owing approximately $9 million to at least 165 creditors, Newser reports. Sadly, Thomas Kinkade reportedly suffered from alcoholism before he relapsed and passed away. You never know which drink is going to be your last. The disease of alcoholism can be a killer, but, it doesn’t have to be if one reaches out for help.