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Thomas Kinkade, Celebrated Artist, Passes Away

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Sad news.

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.

Nanette said:

"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family. We are shocked and saddened by his death."

RIP, sir.

Our sympathies go out to his family.

[Image via ThomasKinkade.]

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7 comments to “Thomas Kinkade, Celebrated Artist, Passes Away”



  1. 1

    Er… The "high brow" critics were right: that guy produced nothing more than Hallmark-greeting card paintings.



  2. 2

    He died before Mike Wallace, why did you wait this long?

  3. CanadianMommy says – reply to this


    3

    Re: overthere – lets see you paint one….his paintings were stunning….anyone can throw paint on a canvas in weird lines and splotches and call it art…at least his paintings made sense.



  4. 4

    He may have been a "good artist" but I found his work terribly boring. Not all artists can paint like him, but he just painted what the people wanted. No meaning, just a sell out.



  5. 5

    His work was "pop-pop-popular"?? What are you, Perez, six years old?

  6. spatch says – reply to this


    6

    He definitely had talent as a painter. His stuff wasn't edgy, but it was art.



  7. 7

    High brow critics don't know shit. His paintings made me feel serene and at peace. Real art is supposed to make you feel something, or move you. Just because something's popular doesn't mean it isn't good.