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Thomas Kinkade Battled Alcoholism Up Until His Death

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Thomas Kinkade alcoholism

Ugh! So sad!

Thomas Kinkade, an American artist whose paintings made $100 million a year, passed away earlier this week at just 52-years-old.

We had heard he struggled with alcoholism, but didn't know to what extent. Now his brother Patrick has revealed it was becoming VERY serious issue in the days leading up to his death.

After battling his addiction for years, he sobered up, but unfortunately relapsed when his wife left him in 2010. Sources say he had been drinking the entire night before he was found dead.

It wasn't just the split that he nurtured with alcohol either. Although Thomas pretended not to care that his work was often critically panned, his brother revealed he soothed the painful rejection with booze, saying:

"He would shoulder the world, pull the naysayers on his back and smile when he was doing it. As much as he said it didn't bother him, in his heart deep down inside it would sadden him that people would criticize so hatefully his work and his vision when people didn't understand him."

His death has been declared the result of "natural causes", but did his alcohol dependency have anything to do with it? An autopsy is underway so only time will tell for sure.

If U are struggling with ANY addiction, please GET HELP before it's too late!

[Image via Thomas Kinkade.]

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11 comments to “Thomas Kinkade Battled Alcoholism Up Until His Death”

  1. 1

    That might explain his crappy art.

  2. 2

    He didn't "BATTLE" anything; he got a DUI in 2010 and his probation required 12-step religious cult treatment & mandatory sobriety UA's …He battled the legal system, not alcohol!

  3. jrob says – reply to this


    If he really suffered from alcoholism its one of the worst things you can do to your body. Alcoholic patients are really hard to care for because there isn't much you can do for them. I feel for his family and for anyone suffering from such an affliction.

  4. 4

    Where was the 12-Step religious cult's "HIGHER POWER"?

  5. 5

    He was an extremely untalented artist. It's as simple as that.

  6. are you kidding says – reply to this


    As a professional artist I can say that his technique was very difficult to do. Seriously, if you get yourself a canvas and some paint and a reproduction of one of his pieces then if you try to do what he did I hope that you would gain some respect or at least a bit of humility. As for the "cult" as you reference AA, it is a compassionate groups of equals that help a person out during the darkest time in their life. It is sad that you have so little compassion.

  7. 7

    He made a bad, old lady Hallmark card from the 40s into an "empire". Actually, I believe these past few years his "empire" has been bombarded with lawsuits regarding his vanity galleries in malls and online. The PRICES of the prints (all the value in the framing and even that jacked up 10 times) not holding up. His prints devalued HUNDREDS of dollars the moment that buyers walked out of the gallery or received their online purchase. His work - PRINTS of his bad paintings - were wildly over priced and many buyers thought they were "investing" in art. But like a car off the showroom floor, the value plunged because they had only bought unwanted images printed on canvas and slapped into overpriced frames. That situation occupied a lot of the Kinkade corporation's time. No wonder he drank. Peddling junk to the public will do that to a guy. But NOW maybe someone will come to love an original painting (if ANY actually exist) as the new "Dogs Playing Poker" camp must have.

  8. 8

    Kinkade whored himself out, his paintings were mass-marketed and slapped on everything from ornaments to bookmarks. He cheapened the word artist and and that's why he wasn't respected. He might have been talented but his art was boring and predictable. It was starving artist assembly line art bought by the flea market crowd. He was the joke of the art world.

  9. 9

    as anyone with any brains knows- especially if you are in the medical field- there is no such thing as natural causes when the deceased was only 52 years old
    92- yes
    but at 52 - no
    death was probaby due to damage to organs from chronic/long term alcohol abuse
    nothing natural about that

  10. 10

    I'm an artist myself but I just can't bring myself to like this guy…

  11. Grace says – reply to this


    Mercy there was great and grace was free at Calvary ,Pardon there was ultiplied to me at Calvary. With out the grace of God where would we be?