Thomas Kinkade: Dead At 54

(AP Photo/Gene Blythe)

Sadly, Thomas Kinkade died Friday.

The artist died at 54 years old at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco area. He died of natural causes a family spokesperson revealed.

Officials have not yet commented on the case, only to say that the Santa Clara County coroner will perform an autopsy.

He is survived by his wife Nanette Kinkade and their daughters, Merritt, Chandler, Winsor and Everett.

“Thom provided a wonderful life for his family,” his wife, Nanette Kinkade, said in a statement, reported the LA Times. “We are shocked and saddened by his death.”

The “Painter of Light” was long known for his beautiful scenic artworks that became some of the most popular in the nation.

“Thom has painted over 1,000 masterworks covering topics that include, cabin and nature scenes, beautiful gardens, classic cottages, sports, inspirational content, lighthouses and powerful seascapes, impressionists, and classic Americana,” reads Kinkade’s website.

The artist’s works were also renowned for holding secret messages from Thomas.

“Hidden in his paintings are messages that speak to Thom’s inspiration for each image. Whether including the initials of family members, hiding Disney characters, or imbedding hearts for special occasions and loved ones, each image contain treasures that add to their mystique,” reads the website.

According to the Associated Press, Kinkade produced sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes that were loved by many but criticized by the art establishment. The AP also reported that he claimed to be America’s most collected living artist and his paintings and spin-off products fetched upwards of $100 million a year and in millions of homes.

Kinkade was not only a renowned artist but also a notable speaker and author.