Country Music Loses Mindy McCready to Suicide at 37
Troubled Country star Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent suicide at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas on Sunday. She was 37.
The Cleburne County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that McCready was found on the porch of her house and was pronounced dead at the scene “from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
McCready achieved nearly immediate success when her 1996 debut album, Ten Thousand Angels sold more than two million copies, but her personal life since has been marked by substance abuse issues, family disputes and suicide attempts.
Ten Thousand Angels featured four singles that charted on the Billboard Country singles chart, including the title track, “Guys Do It All the Time,” “A Girl’s Gotta Do (What a Girl’s Gotta Do)” and “Maybe He’ll Notice Her Now.”
After that record, she released three more between 1997 and 2002: If I Don’t Stay the Night, I’m No So Tough and a self-titled album. However, it took eight years for her to release her next and final album, 2010’s I’m Still Here.
McCready was convicted of prescription drug fraud in 2004 and was placed on parole. She served jail time three years later for violation of that parole. She also appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” as well as the HBO show “Celebrity Close Calls.”
The singer’s most recent trouble came last month when her fiancé David Wilson was found dead on the same porch where McCready was found. Though the death was initially ruled a suicide, police have not ruled out the possibility of murder, according to TheBoot.com.
Billy McKnight, the father of McCready’s first child who lost a years-long custody battle with the singer about two months ago, appeared on the “Today” show this morning and said the news did not shock him.
“As sad as it is, it didn’t come as a major shock because she’s been battling demons for so long,” he said. “I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her.”