The Madeleine Brand Show for August 13, 2012

Thomas Kinkade's girlfriend and estranged wife head to court to battle for his estate

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Artwork by Thomas Kinkade.

During his lifetime, Thomas Kinkade was one of the most prolific painters around. His works depicted rustic, candlelit cottages and glowing lighthouses, all bathed in a sentimental glow.

Those paintings earned him hundreds of millions of dollars before his death earlier this year. Kinkade died from an accidental overdose of alcohol and valium at his home in Northern California in April.

Now his estate is being fought over by his live-in girlfriend and his estranged wife of 30 years.


Julia Prodis Sulek is a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News. She's reporting on the court hearing today, which will tackle who will be the executor of Kinkade's estate.

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