Artist Thomas Kinkade died of an accidental overdose of Valium and alcohol on April 6, 2012, at age 54. Following his divorce from his wife, his behavior became erratic and his alcoholism worsened. Kinkade was known for works that featured warm cottages and nostalgic scenes.
Nicknamed, "The Painter of Light," Kinkade painted pieces popular with the masses but not well received by critics. In 2001, his works earned more than $130 million in sales. In 2001, his work inspired a 101-home community named "The Village, a Thomas Kinkade Community." His company also owned galleries that promoted his works. At their peak, the galleries numbered over 350 across the country.