Country Singer’s Death, Marked as a Suicide

By Alexandria Adams

Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (AP/The Loop) — Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday in Arkansas in an apparent suicide. She was 37.

The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that McCready was found dead at a residence in Heber Springs from what appears to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head. An autopsy is pending.

It wasn’t the first suicide attempt for the troubled singer, whose list of problems only continued to grow in 2013.

McCready entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking care of herself or her children and was abusing drugs and alcohol. Her sons were put in foster care at the time, but it’s not clear where Zander and Zayne were at the time of McCready’s death.

McCready’s longtime boyfriend David Wilson, the father of her younger son, died last month in Arkansas. Authorities found his body on the same porch where they discovered McCready’s on Sunday, and his death also was investigated as a suicide.

The front porch light remained on Sunday night at McCready’s home in the wooded lakefront community filled with large homes. Yellow crime-scene tape blocked off the front of the house, and a deputy sat watch over the property, referring questions to the sheriff. A pickup truck remained in the driveway.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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  3. It happens to the famous as much as the last of the poor. Depression, suicide…

    If I may suggest I would love to hear more about the way to deal with these things here. Turn the sad and unfortunate story into hope for others…

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    Robert Jirda

  4. Honestly, it depends on the ethos of that specific hotline. But generally, yes they will call 911 if they believe you have hurt, or are about to hurt, yourself or someone else. Many of them will record the phone call, the minute it starts to get a bit ropy as well.