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HFPA member dies in apparent suicide

Max Miller was senior member of organization

Max Miller, a senior member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, has died of an apparent suicide, a fellow member of the organization told Daily Variety.

Miller’s exact age was not immediately known, though he was believed to be in his seventies when he died sometime Tuesday.

The HFPA’s membership was in a meeting Wednesday — three days after the Golden Globes — when several of them received word of Miller’s death on their phones. The member who spoke with Variety confirmed that the death was a suicide, but added that “it wasn’t because of the HFPA.”

“Max Miller was a beloved member of the HFPA for over 40 years,” the HFPA said in a statement. “A gentle man, he was an accomplished journalist, photographer and producer and we considered him family. Our most sincere condolences go out to his family. We ask that you respect the their privacy at this time.”

In 2005, HFPA member Nick Douglas, a photographer, hanged himself following his suspension for improperly selling a photo of himself and a celebrity — an action frowned upon by the Association — and denying it after he was caught. No connection was ever substantiated between the suspension and his death, however.

Miller, also a photographer, had recently gone through a divorce and battled depression, according to TheWrap.com, which first reported his death. He was still a credentialed member of the HFPA at the time of his death, but had someone else shooting for him at the Golden Globes.

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