Mindy, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems and issues with drugs and alcohol sidetracked her success, died Sunday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound on the porch of her house where her former partner had also shot himself.
The 37-year-old was found dead on the front porch of her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, on Sunday from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, authorities said.
McCready’s longtime boyfriend David Wilson, the father of the younger of her two sons, died last month. He was also believed to have shot himself on the same porch of their home, and his death was also investigated as a suicide.
Mindy McCready, whose battles with addiction continued in to 2013 despite repeated attempts at rehab, had attempted suicide in the past. The singer entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking care of herself or her sons, Zander (6) and Zayne (10 months) and was abusing drugs and alcohol.
The boys were put in foster care at the time, but it not yet known where they were when McCready died.
David Wilson’s death was a huge blow to Mindy. In interviews, she called him her soul mate and a caregiver to her sons, saying she had never gone through anything as painful as his death.
“I just keep telling myself that the more suffering that I go through, the greater character I’ll have,” she said in interview with NBC’s Today Show.
She recalled finding her boyfriend as he lay dying on the porch and also had to endure questions about whether the pair had argued earlier in the evening. It was thought at the time that she suspected him of cheating on her.
She refuted all claims of an argument.
“No. Oh, my God. No. He was my life. We were each other’s life.”
News of McCready’s death spread quickly on Twitter, with major country stars paying their respects to the onetime Nashville darling.
“Too much tragedy to overcome. R.I.P Mindy McCready,” wrote Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks.
In 1996, her Guys Do It All the Time hit No 1 and its dig at male chauvinism endeared her to women. Her other hits included Ten Thousand Angels, also in 1996, and her album by that title sold 2m copies. She never repeated this success and her personal life hit the skids. Her mother fought her for custody of her sons and she also previously attempted suicide by overdose in 2010 when she was pregnant with her eldest son. She was hospitalized briefly. This followed a stint on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew.” All this came after a string of criminal convictions.
After snatching her elder son back from her mother illegally in 2011 she fled to Arkansas. Mindy and Wilson had a son, Zayne, in April 2012. The older son’s father is McCready’s former boyfriend Billy McKnight.
“I call my life a beautiful mess and organised chaos,” Mindy said back in 2010. “It’s just always been like that. My entire life things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that’s really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality.”
Sadly, Mindy McCready’s life of chaos has ended far too soon and two little boys are left without a mother, more victims of addiction.