Mindy McCready Is Dead

February 18, 2013, 2:13 pm Steve Helling | People.com whomagazine

Mindy McCready dead after reported suicide

Mindy McCready Is Dead


Country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide Sunday at her home in Arkansas, authorities say. She was 37. Cleburne County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunshots at 3:31 p.m. and discovered McCready's body on the front porch of her Heber Springs house.

"Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound," the sheriff's department says in a statement. "At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated."

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She is survived by her son Zander, 6, with ex Billy McKnight, and Zayne, 10 months.

It was a tragic end for a woman who had such promise and early success but who spiraled into addiction and legal problems. In January, McCready's life partner and Zayne's father, singer-songwriter David Wilson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Just three weeks later, a judge ordered McCready to be committed to a treatment facility to cope with mental health and alcohol issues and her sons were placed in foster care.

Police opened an investigation into Wilson's death, telling WHO that the cause of death was 'unknown.'

Professionally, McCready was best known for her hit debut album Ten Thousand Angels. In recent years, it's been the singer's personal troubles making headlines, though she was attempting to reestablish her music career. In 2010, McCready released a new album titled I'm Still Here.

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McCready became one of country music's most promising artists when Ten Thousand Angels went double platinum in 1996. The album spawned four top ten singles, including the no. 1 hit "Guys Do It All the Time." That year, she was nominated as the Top New Female Vocalist at the Academy of Country Music Awards and as Favorite New Artist for the American Music Awards.

But her personal life soon got in the way of her success. In 2004, after illegally obtaining Oxycontin, she was charged with prescription drug fraud. She served three years of probation and performed 200 hours of community service. The following year, she was arrested and charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license.

Shortly thereafter, she got into a physical altercation with her ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight. Although he was initially charged with attempted murder, McCready's story quickly changed and he served 30 days for misdemeanor assault. Despite the fact that she testified against him in court, they quickly reconciled. That same year, she was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution. She was hospitalized for attempting suicide days later.

In September of 2005, McCready attempted suicide again by taking 30 antidepressants while pregnant with Zander.

Two years later, she spent several months in prison, stemming from a probation violation after resisting arrest and committing battery during an argument with her mother, Gayle Inge.

There were more hospitalizations and trips to rehab, including an appearance on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2009.

In 2011, McCready fled Florida with Zander in tow, settling in Arkansas. She continued to battle McKnight for custody.

But despite all her problems, McCready continued to pursue a country music career. Her 2010 album, Still Standing, unflinchingly documented her downfall. On "I'm Still Here," she sang: "After the storm blew through, It kept me and it saved me. I’m still standing right where you left me."

Despite many attempts to untangle her complicated life, she was sadly unable to save herself.

If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14.

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  1. Kathleen05:53am Tuesday 19th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    our love to her family and friends. May she R.I.P. I was always taught that if you can not say something nice about someone than shut up

  2. RebelWoman11:59pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    James s, and any others who post "cruel" posts about this womans suicide, i sincerely hope that none of your own family/ friends ever commit suicide, because so many adults/ children have, for many different reasons. It's the loved ones left behind who will suffer the grief! So sad for her young children who are now orphaned. I didn't know of you Mindy, but R.I.P.

  3. James s11:19pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh boohoo, you want my sympathy look it up in the dictionary between #$%$ and syphilis that is where you will find my sympathy, I have seen people in worse cases then this and have pulled themselves together and bounced back, Anyone who takes their life doesn't deserve sympathy they are just weak cowards.

  4. Glib10:21pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Never heard of her. But then, I can't stand country music.

  5. dazzle07:42pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A sad day. Another artist's death linked to antidepressants? I trust that family & friends can celebrate the beauty that is Mindy.

  6. Stephen07:21pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    what a sad day for everyone who liked her music ihave just read it on the web. i have got her first three cd"s i liked her songs.

  7. A05:57pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a terrible shame for the 2 kiddies left behind, to grow up without parents, orphaned at a young age, that is very sad.......... Money doesnt solve anything.......

  8. JULIA BEAN05:16pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    its very sad to see anyone commit suicide & especially @ a young age,although it would not faze me 1 oida if my name sake walked the plank :-)

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  9. teandbikkies05:07pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Ten thousand angels might take her to heaven?

  10. Kewbie04:30pm Monday 18th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why do people continue to have kids when they are unstable, kids do not solve your problems people. Women who think they do, already have mental health issues. Think before you breed. seriously! Kids do not equal happiness.......


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