Visual Arts

Artist Peter Max’s wife found dead in a suspected suicide

CORRECTS MARY MAX’S AGE TO 52, NOT 53 – FILE – In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo, artist Peter Max, right, and his wife Mary Max, left, attend the Somaly Mam Foundation Gala in New York. Authorities say Mary Max, 52, was found dead Sunday, June 9, 2019, in New York, of a suspected suicide amid a family fight over her husband’s work. Her death comes two weeks after The New York Times published a story detailing legal battles over the work of Peter Max, a prolific creator of colorful, psychedelic art who is now living with dementia at age 81.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File) NYR101 NYR101

Peter Max, a prolific creator of art, is now living with dementia at age 81. Mary Max, 52, was found dead Sunday in her apartment by her husband's health aide.

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