Mary Max, the wife of world-renowned psychedelic artist Peter Max, killed herself over the weekend in her apartment on New York’s Upper West Side, The New York Post reports, citing police.
“Mary Max, 52, died of nitrogen asphyxiation and was discovered in her apartment on Riverside Drive near West 84th Street on Sunday evening, cops said,” The Post reports. “She had been involved in an ugly legal battle with other members of the family over her dementia-afflicted, 81-year-old husband’s artwork.”
She was accused by her stepson, Adam Max, in a 2015 lawsuit of trying to kill her husband so she could take control of his multimillion-dollar art collection, The Post reports.
“In response, Mary accused her stepson — who is three years younger than she is — of stealing $4.3 million worth of artwork that her husband gave her in a prenuptial agreement,” The Post reports, adding: “Peter, who married Mary in the late 1990s, grew old and frail in recent years and grew ill during the court cases over his fortune.”