Artist Thomas Kinkade died of alcohol, valium overdose

May 7, 2012 10:47:23 PM PDT
The Santa Clara County medical examiner believes artist Thomas Kinkade died after an accidental overdose of alcohol and prescription medication.

Kinkade died at his home in Monte Sereno on April 6.

Toxicology tests showed elevated amounts of alcohol along with diazepam in his system.

Diazepam is a generic form of valium. Doctors prescribe it to relieve anxiety, insomnia or symptoms related to alcohol withdrawal.