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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/13/2012

In other news: Thomas Kinkade struggled with alcoholism, criticism; Robin Gibb and Ryan O’Neal are both ill

Kinkade works on a study of Graceland in in 2006. (Jim Weber/AP)
Thomas Kinkade, the mass-market landscape painter who died at 54 last week, was tormented by harsh criticism and struggled with alcoholism, his brother told the San Jose Mercury News. His wildly-popular artwork was generally dismissed by critics as kitsch, and after a recent divorce, he had fallen back into an old drinking problem; emergency dispatch recordings from the night of his death indicate he had been drinking heavily, the paper reported. “As much as he said it didn’t bother him, in his heart deep down inside it would sadden him,” Patrick Kincade told the paper, “that people would criticize so hatefully his work and his vision when people didn’t understand him.”

• Rough news for a couple of ’70s icons: Robin Gibb, suffering from pneumonia, is in a coma, his reps announced. And Ryan O’Neal has stage 4 prostate cancer, he told People.

Read earlier: Thomas Kinkade, wildly successful artist of cozy scenes, dies at 54, 4/7/12

Thomas Kinkade’s polarizing legacy: How will the ‘Painter of Light’ be remembered?, 4/7/12

Kinkade death prompts new interest in his artwork, 4/9/12

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