Sunday, February 17, 2013
– The sad life of singer Mindy McCready ended today at 37 with McCready apparently committing suicide.
While McCready had several hit singles more than a decade ago, her life was later marked by run-ins with the law, jail time and substance abuse issues.
Her death followed by several weeks the death of her boyfriend, David Wilson, and father of their two children on Jan. 13 also of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
Dateline reporter Andrea Canning tweeted, "Just got a call from Mindy McCready's best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening."
Her body was found in Heber Springs, Ark., according to a E! Online source, Billboard reported.
TMZ reported that The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office released a statement this evening that reads:
"At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. 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."
McCready's two children, Zander and Zayne, were removed from her home by a judge on Feb. 6, and she was sent to a to a treatment facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation. McCready was released two days later.
The Florida native attempted suicide twice before - in 2005 and 2008.
McCready had 3 top 10 hits: Ten Thousand Angels, which hit number 6 in 1996, Guys Do It All the Time, a chart topper later that year, and A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do, which reached number 4 in1997.