Thomas Kinkade's estate battle quietly settled
Posted December 20, 2012
When popular artist Thomas Kinkade died in April, a feud erupted between Kinkade's widow, Nanette, and Kinkade's girlfriend, Amy Pinto.
Pinto began dating the artist six months after his marriage of 28 years crumbled. Thomas and Nanette were legally separated when he died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and Valium. Pinto later produced two disputed handwritten wills that said Kinkade would leave her $10 million and his home.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that on Wednesday lawyers said in a statement that the warring over the estate had been settled. Lawyers say the women kept the artist's message of "love, spirituality and optimism" in their amicable resolution. But no details were disclosed.
It's unclear who will inherit Kinkade's Monte Sereno, Calif., mansion and his warehouse of paintings. It's also unclear whether Pinto, 48, was still living in the house she had shared with Kinkade, 54. After he died, she refused to leave the house, and estate lawyers hired a security guard to make sure she didn't steal anything. In a recent court hearing, she had agreed to pay $11,000 a month to continue living there, without the intrusive guard, according to MercuryNews.com.
The exact worth of the estate also hasn't been made public.
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