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Country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide on Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas. She was 37.
Cleburne Country police responded to a report that gunshots were heard at 3:31 p.m. and discovered McCready’s body on the front porch of her home.
“Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single-self inflicted gunshot wound,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
McCready was best known for her hit debut album Ten Thousand Angels, but recently has become more known for her personal troubles.
In January, her life partner and Zayne’s father, singer-songwriter David Wilson, died of a self-inflicted gunshout wound, and just three weeks later, a judge order McCready to be committed to a treatment facility for mental health and alcohol issues. Her sons were placed in foster care.
In 2004, she was charged with prescription drug fraud after illegally obtaining Oxycontin, and served three years of probation. The following year she was charged with a DUI and driving with a suspended license. Shortly thereafter, she got into a physical altercation with ex Billy McKnight, who served 30 days for misdemeanor assault.
In September 2005, McCready attempted suicide by taking 30 antidepressants while pregnant with Zander, and two years later, she spent time in jail after resiting arrest and committing battery against her mother, Gayle Inge.
Trips to rehab occurred, including an appearance on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2009. Her last major offense was in 2011, when McCready fled to Florida with Zander in tow, and then settled in Arkansas.
McCready is survived by her sons Zander, 6, and Zayne, 10 months.