“Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade‘s cause of death has been revealed in an autopsy report made public by NBC Bay Area TV, reports Reuters. The Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office reports that the cause of death was “acute ethanol and Diazepam intoxication” and ruled the death accidental. Diazepam is the active ingredient found in Valium.
Kinkade died at his Northern California home April 6 at the age of 54. Kinkade’s brother Pat told the San Jose Mercury News at the time that the painter had battled alcoholism for several years before recently sobering up, and then relapsing right before his death, with tragic consequences.
The self-titled “Painter of Light” was popular with American consumers for the idyllic, bucolic scenes in his paintings, despite the disdain of art critics. Kinkade was survived by a girlfriend, Amy Pinto, and four daughters Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett with his ex-wife Nanette.