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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2006 file photo, artist Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting, "Prayer For Peace," at the opening of the exhibit "From Abraham to Jesus," in Atlanta. A family spokesman says California artist Thomas Kinkade, known for scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, has died, Friday, April 6, 2012. He was 54. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2006 file photo, artist Thomas Kinkade unveils his painting, "Prayer For Peace," at the opening of the exhibit "From Abraham to Jesus," in Atlanta. A family spokesman says California artist Thomas Kinkade, known for scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, has died, Friday, April 6, 2012. He was 54. (AP Photo/Gene Blythe, File)

Painter Thomas Kinkade cause of death revealed

May 8, 2012

Famed painter Thomas Kinkade died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and valium, according to a report published by NBC Bay Area.