HOLLYWOOD—Max B. Miller, a photographer who worked over 40 years for the Hollywood Foreign Press and was a senior member of the organization, was found dead of apparent suicide in his home on Monday, January 17. He was 73 years old.

His friend, Claire Brunel, found Miller lying on his bed with a gunshot wound to the head. The gun was still in his hand.

Those close to Miller have said that he was facing financial hardships at the time of his death, and he was also battling depression following a divorce. He was recently denied a red carpet spot at the Golden Globes for his photography syndication service.

His suicide is the second in a five-year span for the HFPA. In late 2005, Nick Douglas, also a photographer, hung himself after being suspended for an improper sale of a photograph.

“A gentleman, he was an accomplished journalist, photographer and producer and we considered him family,” read a statement released by HFPA. “Our most sincere condolences go out to his family. We ask that you respect their privacy at this time.”

Lately, the HFPA has been entangled in controversy. Former publicist Michael Russell sued the organization last week, accusing the company of accepting bribes in exchange for broadcasting coverage. Furthermore, the company is also battling Dick Clark Productions for Golden Globe broadcasting rights.