FOX, E! News, and numerous other news sources are reporting that country music star Mindy McCready has committed suicide. 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. She was 37.
McCready’s platinum singing career was shadowed by substance abuse and suicide attempts. Indeed, she was just released from a treatment facility for alcohol abuse and was reportedly 10 days into her 21 day outpatient treatment. This followed the January 13 death of her boyfriend David Wilson, who is the father of her 10-month-old son Zayne; McCready also had a 6-year-old son, Zander, from a previous relationship.
McCready’s body was found on the same porch where Wilson, a music producer, also died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound; however, questions about the circumstances surrounding his death, as well as his alleged infidelity, led authorities to keep his death under investigation. McCready denied having any involvement in her live-in boyfriend’s death in a Dateline interview, saying, “Oh my God, no. Oh my God, no. He was my life. We were each other’s life. There’s no way to tell where one of us began and the other ended. We slept together every night holding hands.”
According to E! News, McCready was released from the treatment facility on February 7th “because they think she is mentally stable enough, and she was tested for drugs and alcohol and everything came up fine. One of the reasons they released her is she didn’t have any symptoms of what an alcoholic would have. There were no signs she had a problem to the doctor.”
While that may have been the case at time, others close to the singer offer a different picture.
“As sad as it is, it didn’t come as a major shock because she’s just been battling demons for so long,’’ ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight– father of Zander– told Carl Quintanilla on TODAY this morning. “Of course, I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her. I feel for her mother and her family and especially my son, but I can’t say that it shocked me.’’
Mindy’s children are presumably still in the custody of the Department of Human Services in Arkansas, where they were reportedly placed upon her involuntary commitment earlier this month.