Mindy McCready Is Dead at 37
MINDY MCCREADY is dead at the age of 37. A local sheriff issued a statement saying she died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at her Heber Springs, Arkansas home, which is 60 miles north of Little Rock. The sheriff said officers arrived at her house at 3:58 P.M. where they found Mindy's body on the front porch. Mindy's brother confirmed her death to the "New York Daily News".
Mindy's rep told E!, "I have no statement or information to provide until I get verification from the authorities in Arkansas and until all family including the children have been notified. The family and I have been trying to reach the authorities. I have not spoken to any officials that were on the scene. I am asking the media for sensitivity in this regard. At this time, any family member coming forward to confirm this is completely inappropriate."
Mindy's life was tragic on so many levels that this doesn't come as a surprise, but it's heartbreaking nonetheless. She had two young sons, six-year-old Zander, and nine-month-old Zayne. We may never know why Mindy decided to take her life now, but everything points to last month's shooting death of her boyfriend David Wilson. That started out as a possible suicide, and then turned into Mindy being a suspect.
Mindy's body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. There's no indication yet that she was under the influence when she died, but considering her history of substance abuse, that's not out of the question. Mindy attempted suicide twice in 2005 by drug overdose, and once in 2008 after she cut her wrists.
One last note: If you would like to make your thoughts known, people have been leaving messages on Twitter at #RIP Mindy.
It's hard to remember that Mindy had a bright future back in the '90s. She had a #1 hit with "Guys Do It All The Time", and was engaged to DEAN "SUPERMAN" CAIN in 1997. They broke up in '98. Her downward spiral included an arrest in 2004 for trying to pass off a fraudulent OxyContin prescription. In 2005 her then-boyfriend Billy McKnight tried to MURDER HER. McKnight is the father of her son Zander. Mindy also claimed she had a longtime affair with ROGER CLEMENS that supposedly began when she was a teenager. Clemens insists they were just friends.
Check Out Some Celebrity Reactions to Mindy McCready's Death
Several country stars hit up Twitter with thoughts about MINDY MCCREADY'S suicide. Here are a few:
JASON ALDEAN: "Just heard about Mindy McCready. My thoughts and prayers are with her 2 boys and her family."
MARTINA MCBRIDE: "So sad."
CHELY WRIGHT: "Really, really sad to learn the news about Mindy McCready. I will pray for her children and I hope that people are gentle with her memory."
JOHN RICH: "Very sad to hear about Mindy McCready. When I was in LONESTAR she was our label mate and we were friends. A tragic end to a talented life."
WYNONNA: "Oh my! Mindy. Dear sweet girl. This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life. Addiction is a "disEASE" and not a character flaw. When the pain becomes too much, it causes people to want that pain to stop. This is just so Unbelievable and so sad. God be with the family and those babies. Surround them with your grace and mercy. Sleep in Heavenly peace Mindy."
Finally, the saddest part of this whole tragedy is that it DIDN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN. At least, that's what DR. DREW believes, and he knows because he TREATED Mindy on "Celebrity Rehab". He said on CNN, "She is a lovely woman, we have lost her and it didn't have to go down like this." (Is that so, Dr. Drew? Well, Buzzfeed checked your record and Mindy was the fifth cast member of "Celebrity Rehab" to die in two years.)