Even though was a heavy abuser of drugs and alcohol, they weren't the cause of his death at only 38. He died when his car was hit by a truck driven by a teenager who had been drinking.
That occurred way back in 1992. But the tragic accident continues to have ramifications for another comic (and close friend) who was there at the scene. His name is Carl La Bove and according to this anecdote, he was holding Kinison when he died.
The comic, now 52, is in the news because DNA testing shows that Kinison fathered a child with La Bove's ex-wife; the very child that he has been legally required to pay child support for over many years. Being unable to do so, he "has lost his driver's license, passport and other privileges". La Bove hopes that the DNA evidence will finally release him of this burden.
Kinison was clearly an extreme individual who has ended up casting a very long shadow indeed.