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Thomas Kinkade Dead at 54

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 22:  (L-R) Bob Goodwin, tennis player Serena Williams and painter Thomas Kinkade pose at the "We Are Family" recording session at the Chalice Recording Studios on November 22, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Popular painter Thomas Kinkade died of natural causes at his home in Los Gatos, California, last night, reports the L.A. Times. He was 54. The "Painter of Light," as he was called, was known for sentimental, sometimes Bible-referencing paintings that could be found in suburban homes and shopping malls across the country. Although extremely popular in middle America, Kinkade was never accepted by the art Establishment, though that never seemed to bother him all that much. According to the Times, his paintings and other products bring in some $100 million dollars a year, which lead Kinkade to call himself "the nation's most collected living artist."

Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images