Beloved Wife of Famous Artist Found Dead of an Apparent Suicide

June 11, 2019Jun 11, 2019

Friends and fans alike are mourning the passing of the wife of a legendary artist. Mary Max, the wife of famous pop artist Peter Max was found dead on Sunday night.

The New York Police Department confirmed the sad news to PEOPLE. She was 52 at the time of her passing.

The NYPD said they found Mary in her New York City home on Sunday night. According to the New York Post, Mary died of nitrogen asphyxiation in what was an apparent suicide.

The couple married in the 1990s. Last month, the New York Times reported that her husband Peter suffers from “advanced dementia.”

Peter, now 81, rose to fame in the 1960s with his counterculture, psychedelic pop art pieces.

"The artist is known for using bright colors in his works and incorporating elements of pop culture, often depicting celebrities, politicians or athletes in his paintings," wrote his obit.

He was also the official artist for many notable companies and events. That includes the 1994 World Cup, the 2000 World Series, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2015, Mary asked a judge to appoint a guardian to oversee her husband’s company as his health declined. A legal battle started between Peter’s son from his first marriage, Adam. They accused each other of mistreating the artist.

A judge ultimately ordered Peter to be placed in Mary’s care. The judge also appointed a guardian to oversee his business and personal affairs.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to

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