Troubled singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:27am EST
 
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By Suzi Parker

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters) - Troubled country music star Mindy McCready, whose platinum singing career was shadowed by substance abuse and suicide attempts, was found dead on Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, an Arkansas sheriff said. She was 37.

McCready's body was found on the porch of a house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, on Sunday afternoon. She was pronounced dead at the scene "from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound," the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Deputies had been dispatched to the area following reports of "shots fired," the sheriff's office said.

McCready, whose albums include "Ten Thousand Angels" and "If I Don't Stay the Night," had a complicated personal life, marked by a history of substance abuse, suicide attempts, family disputes and tragedy.

Last month, record producer David Wilson, the father of her youngest son, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in the same Arkansas town.

Some fellow musicians paid tribute to McCready on Twitter as news of her death spread.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy McCready and her family today," country singer Tracy Lawrence tweeted.

Country star Carrie Underwood wrote, "I grew up listening to Mindy McCready... so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them."   Continued...

 
Actor Dean Cain escorts his girlfriend, country music singer Mindy McCready, to the premiere of the new horror film "Scream 2" at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California in this December 10, 1997 file photograph. McCready has died aged 37 from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, an Arkansas sheriff said on February 17, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files