This is the kind of story we wish we didn’t have to tell. CNN and other sources report that country singer Mindy McCready, beleaguered with legal and personal problems over the past few years, was found dead Sunday afternoon at her Arkansas home from an apparent suicide. She was 37.
According to reports, neighbors phoned police after hearing gunshots. McCready was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The scene was eerily similar; she was found on the same front porch where one month ago police had found McCready’s boyfriend, songwriter/producer David Wilson, also dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
McCready’s star rose quickly with her debut album Ten Thousand Angels (1996), which was certified double-platinum; that, along with her next three albums, sent a total of twelve singles to the country charts, including three in the Top Ten.
Unfortunately, during the last decade, McCready became known more for her highly troubled personal life than her music, which included mental illness, alcoholism, drug overdoses, alleged domestic violence, jail time, rehab, multiple suicide attempts, and even a sex tape. McCready appeared on numerous television shows over the years to talk openly about her problems, including a stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. In 2010, she seemed to be on the upswing, releasing a comeback record entitled I’m Still Here, which didn’t sell as well as her earlier work but was praised by the critics.
Now, sadly, Mindy McCready is no longer here.
News of her passing lit up the Twitter-verse with outpourings of condolence and grief, including such celebrities as Jason Aldean, Clay Aiken, Wynonna Judd, Jana Kramer and others. Carrie Underwood tweeted: “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready…so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them.”
McCready leaves behind two children, neither of whom were in her custody at the time of her passing. She will be greatly missed.