Troubled country star Mindy McCready has died at the age of 37, the victim of an apparent suicide.
Arkansas’ Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office posted this report: “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.”
About a month ago, McCready’s boyfriend, David Wilson, passed away and an investigation into his death reportedly is still ongoing. McCready said to NBC about Wilson that “He was my life. We were each other’s life.” She later added “I just keep telling myself that the more suffering that I go through the greater character I’ll have.”
McCready sang on a number of popular country songs including the chart-topping 1996 country hit “Guys Do It All the Time.”
Born in Fort Myers, Florida, her 1996 debut “Ten Thousand Angels” was a double-platinum success, but her popularity on the music chart steadily declined in the years that followed. Her personal life was marred by a series of legal difficulties including pleading guilty for using a fake prescription to buy OxyContin in 2004, violating her probation on another charge in 2008, and a high-profile custody dispute involving her young son in 2011.
McCready appeared in the third season of VH1′s show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.” Her online bio for the program read “Mindy believes her only true addiction is to violent relationships.”
The refrain for the title song for her debut went “Lead me not into temptation/ Heaven help me to be strong/ I can fight all that I’m feeling/ But I can’t do it alone.”
Writer Jeff Pearlman once quoted McCready as saying she was desperate to leave her early life in Fort Myers behind: “You can’t always ‘get there’ on ambition alone. There has to be something a little stronger. And there’s nothing stronger than a desperate person.”
The last tweet from McCready’s Twitter page, dated Jan. 19, 2012, reads “Things have been hectic. But I’m still here..”
Country star Jason Aldean’s account tweeted this message of mourning tonight: “Just heard about Mindy McCready. My thoughts and prayers are with her 2 boys and her family. Carrie Underwood’s account tweeted “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready…so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them.
I am so sad to see a young life goes this way.