Andy Lakey was an American artist who was famous for his 2000 paintings of angels, inspired by a near-death experience and a vision of seven angels. He died on October 3, 2012, in Temecula, California, at the age of 52. But what was the cause of his death? And how did his life and art impact the world?
Andy Lakey’s Life and Art
Andy Lakey was born on October 22, 1959, in Châteauroux, France. His birth name was Andrew Markivich. He moved to the United States in 1961 and joined the US Navy after high school.
In January 1990, Lakey had a vision in which he saw seven angels who told him to paint angels, even though he had never picked up a paintbrush. He used a bas relief technique, where the paint is raised from the canvas surface, making his paintings “touchable art” for the blind and visually impaired.
Lakey’s angel paintings became popular and were displayed in galleries all over the world. He donated some of his works to charities, such as the Blind Children’s Center of Los Angeles, the Lighthouse For The Blind in New York City, and the Theater Artists Workshop of Westport, which he co-founded with his wife, Jennifer. He also received commissions from celebrities, such as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Pope John Paul II, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Andy Lakey’s Cause of Death
Andy Lakey continued to paint after he completed his 2000 angel paintings, but he wore protective gear for health reasons. He suffered from seizures, which he attributed to the chemicals in the paint.
Lakey’s death was mourned by his fans and admirers, who praised his art and his spirit. His wife, Jennifer, said that he was “a visionary artist who touched the lives of millions of people with his extraordinary gift.” She also said that he was “a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend who will be greatly missed.”
Lakey’s legacy lives on through his art, which can be seen in museums, galleries, and private collections. His paintings are also featured in books, such as Andy Lakey’s Psychomanteum by Keith Richardson, and You Don’t Know Me: Reflections of My Father, Ray Charles by Ray Charles Robinson Jr., for which Lakey wrote the foreword. His art is a testament to his faith, his courage, and his creativity.