Mary Max, spouse of Peter Max, had tried to kill herself ‘years in the past’


Mary Max — the spouse of pop artist Peter Max who dedicated suicide on Sunday of their Higher West Facet house — had tried to take her personal life earlier than, pals stated.

A number of sources instructed Web page Six that Mary, 52, had tried to commit suicide “years in the past” and succeeded this previous weekend.

She was found within the house she shared with Peter, 81, on Riverside Drive close to West 84th Avenue on Sunday night, cops stated. The reason for loss of life was stated to be “nitrogen asphyxiation” however stays beneath investigation.

Sources instructed Web page Six {that a} Might blockbuster New York Occasions profile — on psychedelic artist Peter’s alleged “superior dementia,” and his household’s bitter battle to regulate his life, artwork and legacy — had taken its toll on Mary.

“She wasn’t proud of it,” stated a pal concerning the article, which detailed the authorized battle Mary has been in with Peter’s kids since 2015.

“For 5 years and counting . . . the artist’s household, pals and associates have been buying and selling lurid courtroom allegations of kidnapping, employed goons, tried homicide by Brazil nut, and schemes to wring much more cash out of what was already one of the crucial worthwhile artwork franchises in fashionable instances,” reported the Occasions.

The piece recounted how Mary — Peter’s second spouse, whom he met in 1996 — requested a court docket to nominate a guardian to supervise her husband’s enterprise, and the way she alleged that Peter’s son, Adam, had successfully “kidnapped” his father.

Adam reportedly fired again that he was defending his dad from Mary’s “verbal and bodily abuse,” and the piece stated, “A number of sworn affidavits described [Mary] as a neglectful, even punishing, determine in her husband’s life.”

The 2015 case was “disposed,” based on court docket data, and a decide ordered Peter to stay beneath Mary’s care.

His daughter, Libra, lately returned to New York to assist the ailing artist.

Mary reportedly left “farewell messages” with a pal for family members, together with for her husband, a brother and her 94-year-old mom. A rep for the household didn’t remark.