Santa Clara County Coroner's Office released painter Thomas Kinkade's autopsy results this morning. They offer few surprises. The findings state that Kinkade suffered from an “accidental” and “acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication” (in layman's terms, Kinkade drank too much while taking Valium). As widely reported, the painter had battled alcoholism for years.
Now that that psuedo-mystery is solved, we can go back to pondering what the future of Thomas Kinkade Company will look like with him gone. Just weeks after the artist's passing, the artist's family started a legal battle with his mistress (and his former studio assistant). With all this interior strife, it's difficult to know what the future will hold for the Thomas Kinkade Company and its hundreds of stores throughout the United States.