Troubled country singer Mindy McCready has died by her own hand. According to the Cleburne County Sheriff's department, McCready's body was found Sunday in Heber Springs, Arkansas. The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Arkansas police responded to a report of gunshots coming from McCready's house at 3:31 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17. They discovered her body on the front porch of her Heber Springs home.
About a month ago, McCready's boyfriend, and father to her 9 month old son Zayne, 34-year-old David Wilson, died, reportedly of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, though his death is still under investigation. McCready denied any involvement in Wilson's death.
Not long afterwards, her two sons, Zander and Zayne, were taken into care by authorities, and she was ordered to enter a facility for a mental health and alcohol abuse evaluation.
In court documents a judge wrote that there was cause to believe the singer was suicidal, but just a few days later she received the OK to undergo outpatient treatment instead.
In November of 2011, McCready violated a court order when she didn't bring her older son, Zander, whose father is McCready's ex, Billy McKnight, back home to Florida after a visit. Zander was then placed in foster care while the custody dispute was worked out. It was just the latest in a long line of personal and legal troubles that McCready had faced in the past decade.
McCready had reportedly attempted suicide in the past, most recently in 2008, the same year it was revealed that she'd had a decade-long relationship with baseball star Roger Clemons, who was married to another woman at the time.
Mindy hit the charts in 1996 with her debut album Ten Thousand Angels, which produced the #1 hit "Guys Do It All the Time." She released five albums in all, and scored six top 40 country hits, including "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)."
Unbelievably tragic. What is even worse is that not many are surprised by this horrific news. I hope she finds peace in Heaven. May God be with her children.
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