The commercially successful, sometimes controversial, and recently troubled artist Thomas Kinkade passed away suddenly tonight in California. He was 54. His name and nickname — “Painter of Light” — were trending on Twitter late Friday night.

Admirers and detractors took to Twitter to share their thoughts — not always kind — about Kinkade’s death.

https://twitter.com/#!/Livestock/status/188479978856390657

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https://twitter.com/#!/distonal/status/188482323430375425

https://twitter.com/#!/CSMajewski/status/188485223846129664

https://twitter.com/#!/RobCabrera/status/188479687910100992

https://twitter.com/#!/stigrivers/status/188486037532721153

https://twitter.com/#!/EmmyDG/status/188482988349198336

https://twitter.com/#!/melynda_m/status/188480757122072576

https://twitter.com/#!/patricialee91/status/188482618361257984

https://twitter.com/#!/Whovian_Chick/status/188478178631745536

https://twitter.com/#!/frank_mcdevitt/status/188474064447356928

https://twitter.com/#!/ElMDesigns/status/188467919280291840

https://twitter.com/#!/claresophiet/status/188467703902781440

https://twitter.com/#!/gertchen/status/188484655031402496

https://twitter.com/#!/EliBraden/status/188468230199844864

https://twitter.com/#!/abnercadaver/status/188481947767549952

Read the San Jose Mercury News obituary here. Takeaway:

Despite Kinkade’s death, his paintings will live on. “Art is forever,” Kinkade told “60 Minutes” in 2007. “It goes front and center on your wall, where everyday the rest of your life you see that image. And it is shaping your children, it’s shaping your life.”