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Kinkade's wife, girlfriend settle estate fight

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 06:47 PM

Thomas Kinkade's widow and girlfriend have reached a settlement after a dispute over the late artist's $66 million estate, their attorneys said Wednesday.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that counsel for Nanette Kinkade and the girlfriend, Amy Pinto, announced the settlement but wouldn't provide further details, leaving it unclear who will inherit Kinkade's San Francisco Bay area mansion and his warehouse of paintings.

In a statement, they said the women kept Kinkade's message of "love, spirituality and optimism" in their amicable resolution.

Kinkade, the self-described "Painter of Light," was known for sentimental scenes of country gardens and pastoral landscapes.

The dispute went public after the 54-year-old artist died April 6 of an accidental overdose of alcohol and tranquilizers.

Pinto, who began dating Kinkade six months after his marriage of 28 years imploded, claimed Kinkade wrote two notes bequeathing her his mansion and $10 million to establish a museum of his paintings. Her attorneys filed court papers stating that she and Kinkade had planned to marry as soon as his divorce went through.

Nanette Kinkade disputed those claims and sought full control of the estate. She portrayed Pinto in court papers as a gold-digger who is trying to cheat the artist's rightful heirs.

The Associated Press

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