Mary Max — the wife of pop artist Peter Max who committed suicide on Sunday in their Upper West Side apartment — had attempted to take her own life before, friends said.
Multiple sources told Page Six that Mary, 52, had tried to commit suicide “years ago” and succeeded this past weekend.
She was discovered in the apartment she shared with Peter, 81, on Riverside Drive near West 84th Street on Sunday evening, cops said. The cause of death was said to be “nitrogen asphyxiation” but remains under investigation.
Sources told Page Six that a May blockbuster New York Times profile — on psychedelic artist Peter’s alleged “advanced dementia,” and his family’s bitter battle to control his life, art and legacy — had taken its toll on Mary.
“She wasn’t happy with it,” said a friend about the article, which detailed the legal battle Mary has been in with Peter’s children since 2015.
“For five years and counting . . . the artist’s family, friends…