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Thomas Kinkade, Acclaimed Artist, Passes Away at 54

Thomas Kinkade, the acclaimed "Painter of Light" and one of the most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday in his California home. He was 54. His family said Kinkade's death appeared to be from natural causes. "Thom provided a wonderful life for his family," his wife, Nanette, said in a statement earlier today. "We are shocked and saddened by his death." His paintings are hanging in an estimated one of every 20 homes in the United States, with fans warming to the familiar feeling of his mass-produced works of art.
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