Mary Max, the spouse of world-renowned psychedelic artist Peter Max, killed herself in her Higher West Facet house over the weekend, police mentioned Monday.
Mary Max, 52, died of nitrogen asphyxiation and was found in her house on Riverside Drive close to West 84th Road on Sunday night, cops mentioned.
She had been concerned in an unpleasant authorized battle with different family members over the dementia-afflicted 81-year-old’s art work.
In a 2015 lawsuit, Max’s step-son, Adam Max, accused Mary of making an attempt to kill her husband so she might take management of his multi-million greenback artwork assortment.
In response, Mary accused her step-son — who’s three years youthful than she is — of stealing $4.three million price of art work that her husband gave her in a prenuptial settlement.
Peter, who married Mary within the late 1990s, grew outdated and frail lately and grew ailing in the course of the courtroom instances over his fortune.
Peter Max rose to fame within the artworld in the course of the pop artwork period of the 1960s and 1970s.
He grew extraordinarily rich portray for personal organizations, together with the NFL, FIFA and cereal corporations.