Thomas Kinkade, whose paintings are estimated to be owned in one out of every 20 homes in the United States, died this past Friday. He was 52 and died of natural causes. An autopsy is scheduled for today.
His paintings were sneered at by high brow art critics, yet his work was pop-pop-popular making over 100 million dollars every year!
Kinkade struggled with alcohol addiction recently and had been separated from his wife, Nanette, for one year.
"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family. We are shocked and saddened by his death."
Our sympathies go out to his family.
[Image via ThomasKinkade.]
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