Country Singer Mindy McCready Dead at 37

According to FOX 8 and other sources, it’s been confirmed that country music singer Mindy McCready has committed suicide. Reportedly her body was found in Heber Springs, AR.

UPDATE: A Cleburne County Sheriff confirms the death in a statement. McCready died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.

The singer was on a downward spiral since her boyfriend, David Wilson, was shot to death in an apparent suicide a little over a month ago. Her two children, Zander. 6 and Zayne, 9 months, were taken away from her home by authorities. Shortly after, the singer agreed to enter an in-patient rehab for treatment.

“I have never gone through anything this painful,” McCready said in her last interview with NBC’s Andrea Canning, “He didn’t just touch my heart, he touched my soul. He was my soulmate.”

Whoever was responsible for releasing this poor woman from the hospital to undergo outpatient treatment instead must feel pretty terrible right now. This is a really tragic story all the way around. So sad for those young kids. They baby lost both parents in a matter of a few weeks.

Carrie Underwood tweets, “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready…so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them…”

McCready had several country hits in the late 90′s, including her only #1 hit, “Guys Do It All The Time.” After two successful album, including her 1996 debut Ten Thousand Angels and the follow-up, If I Don’t Stay the Night in 1997, her 3rd album, I’m Not So Tough in 1999 was a commercial failure. After that, her label, BNA Records dropped her.

Since then, McCready has had legal troubles, including a 2004 arrest in Tennessee for using a fake prescription to obtain the painkiller, Oxycontin. She was also arrested by Nashville police for DUI in 2005. In July 2007, McCready was arrested in Ft. Myers FL, charged with batter and resisting arrest for an apparent physical altercation with her mother. Later that year she was sentenced to a year in jail for violating her probation. She served 3 months of her sentence.

She was arrested a year later for violating her probation and sentenced to 60 days in jail. She served half the time.

In May 2008 the singer released the single “I’m Still Here” and an album of the same name in 2010.

Via FOX 17 and E News

  • forwarddad

    MJ your headline reads Mindo

  • tripp_ncwy

    Fox16News (AR)

    “Country music star Mindy McCready committed suicide Sunday in her Heber Springs home, according to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s office.”

    http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Country-Singer-Mindy-McCready-Dead-at-37/76ZYFIYQjked1pfDNLMiRw.cspx?rss=315&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

  • Niall

    Not to be cold, because I feel absolutely heartsick for the children, but the boyfriend’s death might not have been a suicide. I guess I’m withholding a wee bit of sympathy until authorities clear Mindy of any involvement.

    But it cannot be said enough: excess with drugs and alcohol never ends well. It destroys the person and everyone in their path. Absolutely tragic.

  • BonnieDee

    So sad.  Praying for her kids.

  • ST7

    Some people dont want to suffer anymore and they have very little quality of life- mainly existing not living.  I can 

  • girlygirltoo

    This is very sad. She obviously had a ton of personal issues she just couldn’t find a way to overcome. But the worst part is that 2 little kids have lost their mother — and the younger one has lost his father, as well.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Update: TMZ 

    The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office released a statement this evening that reads:”At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”

    Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz2LDWHES4f 

  • blackberryharvest

    That’s so sad. I just recently started listening to her again, and she has some really good songs. I wish they still made songs like these:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcEGfu_a1hw

    My favorite song from hers. RIP.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    This is so sad.  She left behind children.  I don’t get all this suicide!  I don’t recall growing up and people taking their life.  It seems to be the WAY OUT of problems for today’s younger people.  Instead of fighting for your life, you take your life.  How bad can life be folks?

  • http://twitter.com/shoriagirl Shoriagirl

    RIP

  • girlygirltoo

    I doubt the suicide rate is way higher now than it was years ago.  The main difference is that there is way more media coverage of this sort of stuff now than there was years ago.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Baseball player Roger Clemons should rot in hell. He ruined her at 15. That is all.

  • hdw121

    looking for the AI connection (or XF, The Voice, etc…)

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

     Kree Harrison of AI12 looks like to know Mindy judging by her facebook post.

  • quickjessie

     Does there have to be one?  The site is branching out.  It has to, or it will die just like the show it was started for.  AI is on it’s last legs – should this blog just disappear when/if AI is cancelled?

    Anyway, on topic.  Such a sad thing whenever a talented young person gets into such deep despair they see no way out other than violence.

  • LeahKittyS

    You make good points all around. I’m not familiar with this woman’s music, but it breaks my heart to see these stories, especially when there are children involved. I know she was on Celebrity Rehab, but was there no one afterwards to make sure she was still okay? RIP

  • Heidijoy

    How does someone like her with her Mental state, Addictions etc. have access to a Gun???

    Very sad but not surprising.  

  • quickjessie

     Because literally anyone in this country can buy a gun.  The NRA has seen to that. 

  • blackberryharvest

    AI is on it’s last legs – should this blog just disappear when/if AI is cancelled?

    I wouldn’t call a show that will probably be a top 3 show at the end of the season or one of the only shows to get a 4 or above “on its last legs,” but that is a different point.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     I don’t see how this suicide has anything to do with gun control. She could have taken an overdose, or something else.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Not totally unexpected, but so very sad nonetheless.   I hope her children have loving grandparents/family who will look out for them.  Mindy has been troubled for a long time, now she is at peace.   I can only hope that other celebrities who are facing similar problems get the help they need. 

  • JosieX

    I wonder about this too.  I read somewhere that her boys are in foster care (I don’t know for a fact that this is true), and that suggests to me that maybe there was something wrong regarding her support network, i.e. I don’t understand why they would not be with family or friends.  Or maybe they are, but within the framework of the foster care system.  I know nothing about it, the people in her life may very well have tried everything they could think of to help her, and perhaps mental illness made it impossible for her to find her way to them and out of the pain she was in. 

    Her oldest son is the same age as my best friends’ son, and I keep thinking about the sweetness and innocence of that child and how I wish it could be so for every child.  It’s painful to think about the impact of this on a child.  I hope so much that those boys will be embraced and be ok.

  • BonnieDee

    This is not a gun control issue.  If someone wants to kill themselves, they will find a way.  My beautiful cousin, who suffered from mental health problems, hung herself because that was the only way she could find at the time.  This is an issue about mental health, and in McCready’s case, drugs and grief.  She’d just lost the love of her life, had drug problems, and her kids were just taken away.  She decided to die and gun laws wouldn’t have stopped her.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    The blog is never the topic. LIKE EVER.

    Have a question about content? EMAIL ME. Otherwise there’s that thing called SCROLLING–right past posts you are not personally interested in.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    You beat me to the post, that was my first thought soon as I saw the subject title

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Baseball player Roger Clemons should rot in hell. He ruined her at 15
    ^^ Explain this please. 

  • MissMyEm

    Have a question about content? EMAIL ME. Otherwise there’s that thing called SCROLLING–right past posts you are not personally interested in

    Not for this one but for others….have no clue what you’re email is.  Does it say it here somewhere?  What is it?

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Rest in peace, Mindy.  I loved your music and am praying for your little ones…

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I know eh? I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but since it is alleged she shot her dog before herself, what would have happened to her kids in the state she was in?

    I don’t follow this woman’s music, but she does have a lovely voice. It’s a shame she never got her demons under control. :(

  • CB40

    Very sad and tragic news. God bless her poor kids.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Report from Reuters early this morning:

    http://www.wnax.com/pages/15555821.php?contentType=4&contentId=12413773

    Excerpt:

    Posted: Monday, 18 February 2013 4:27AM
    Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Reuters)
    ……………
    She had two young sons. Her first, Zander, was born in 2006. As her personal problems deepened, she became embroiled in a legal dispute over custody.

    In November 2011, she left Florida with Zander and fled to Arkansas. McCready’s mother, who had custody of the child, filed a missing person report against her daughter, and regained custody.

    Her son with Wilson, Zayne, was born last year.

    McCready appeared on the television show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

    According to the biography posted on VH1′s website as part of her appearance on the show, McCready said that she believed her only true addiction was to violent relationships.

    In 2011 McCready appeared on HBO’s show “Celebrity Close Calls” about life and death situations. That same year she also appeared on the network’s “Celebrity Ghost Stories.”

    Her fifth album, “I’m Still Here,” was released to acclaim in 2010.

  • Niall

    Thank God her kids weren’t there. Given that she unnecessarily killed the dog, I suspect they, rather than grounding or stabilizing her, could have fallen victim to her instead. I’m even more curious now about the status of the investigation into the boyfriend’s death.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    The rumor was that she had an long affair with Roger Clemmons that started when she was underage (like 16 or something?). Apparently it was abusive? So some people blame him for her problems in adulthood. I’m not sure if it was ever proven though. I’m fuzzy on the details actually, someone else should know the right info.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure how reliable the info is about Mindy shooting her dog since it wasn’t included in the Reuters report I posted earlier.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Whoever was responsible for releasing this poor woman from the hospital to undergo outpatient treatment instead must feel pretty terrible right now.”

    According to the L.A. Times, Mindy voluntarily entered a rehab facility, then checked herself out. I suspect that legally, there was no way that anyone could keep her there.

    After Wilson’s death, the singer — who had struggled with alcohol and mental health issues — checked herself into an inpatient rehab facility for treatment. Her two sons — Wilson was the father of her youngest child — were removed from her care. 

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-mindy-mccready-dead-20130217,0,744968.story

  • mjsbigblog

    From the E report:

    That was the point when McCready was ordered to enter an in-patient facility for treatment. “Since boyfriend (David Wilson) shot himself she has been in bed for 3 wks,” her father said in court documents. “Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children.”

    In agreeing to McCready’s “involuntary admission” to an appropriate facility, the judge wrote that “there is cause to find there is clear and convincing evidence that Respondent is in imminent danger of harm to herself or others, suicidal or gravely disabled.”

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Yes, Roger Clemmons denied there was anything sexual with Mindy. Of course he did. But what 28 year old man befriends a 15 year old in a karaoke bar and continues a relationship with her for years? 

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I may be the odd man out, but it sort of infuriates me that she would do this. It’s understandable that she would be grieving over her bf, but to kill herself because of it, and put that above her children? I think this has been a long time coming and her bf’s death was the straw that broke the camels back. She has had issues for years though. Unfortunately, you can’t MAKE someone get help if they don’t want it. 

  • chillj

    This will impact her children for many years.  My mother attempted suicide when I was young and I remember feeling she loved none of us enough to live; it hurt. You might consider, however, that sometimes people as depressed as this woman appears to have been be consider their children to be better off without them.  Suicide is often a selfish act, but sometimes having children is one, too. Hospitals routinely boot patients, who most always miraculously cure as the insurance expires.

  • Xentusk

    At that time, Roger Clemens was the next best thing to a ‘god’ on Earth.  During his steroids episode, I saw a report that said he could basically do what he wanted (re women) in the South, especially in Texas.  They even reported that her parents and friends were happy, if not ‘honored’ that a celebrity/important person, as Clemens would be interested in their daughter and saw nothing wrong with someone his age ‘dating’ their under age daughter >:( .

    That she didn’t have parents that would watch out for her well being and Add to that the extreme ups and downs of the entertainement business, the poor woman, psychologically, never had a chance. 

    Here is the latest with a comment from Clemens:

    In 2008, the New York Daily News reported that Clemens and McCready had a decade-long love affair that started when the singer was 15, a romance that included trips on Clemens’ private plane and visits to Yankee Stadium to see Clemens pitch. McCready, who struggled with addiction and mental illness at various times throughout her 37-year life, did not refute the newspaper’s report, and said she had “known Roger Clemens for a long time.”
    At that time, Clemens’ lawyer Rusty Hardin described McCready as “a longtime family friend of Roger Clemens and the Clemens family” but added that “at no time did Roger engage in any kind of inappropriate or improper relationship with her.”
    McCready later confirmed details of the affair to Inside Edition, but said that her relationship with Clemens did not become sexual until after she was 18
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/02/18/roger-clemens-mindy-mccready-statement/1927857/

  • chillj

    If that is accurate, it is just gross.

  • Niall

    Most likely the hospital had her there involuntarily for 48 hrs and then had to release her. It’s damn near impossible to keep someone hospitalized against their will in this country. If she was saying the “right” things and demanding her release, the hospital’s hands are often tied by the law. In other words, you can’t help someone who doesn’t want help. In the end we all get to choose whether we live or die.

  • Miz

    I’m not familiar with her, but this is a tragic story. Prayers for her children.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I already have a very negative impression of Roger Clemens wrt his lying about steroid use, so this inappropriate relationship with Mindy doesn’t surprise me in the least. The guy is scum.

  • steph6449

    Very tragic situation for all involved. Social services take a lot of grief, often deservedly, but sounds like they were on the right track here to have removed the kids from that household.

    The reports seem a little murky as to whether her bf’s recent death was solely and definitively a suicide or not. I have to agree with the comment to reserve some judgment on all this until more facts come to light.

  • briguyx

    Saw Mindy at an awards show once and she was truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. I have her “Super Hits” compilation and in addition to her Top Tens, I love “The Other Side Of This Kiss.”

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Just saw this from “A Taste Of Country”. I guess it was one of the last songs she recorded. Even has an Idol tie-in, as Carrie had the song on hold originally. But, one person that knew her and to whom she had sent a bit of it, is calling it her video suicide note….

    http://tasteofcountry.com/mindy-mccready-suicide-note/

  • Caro3278sweet

    I’m going to be interested in the final report about Wilson’s death. Because, honest? It smells.

    RIP to Mindy, of course. And she was very talented. Her last song posted by Bobbi shows the emotion she puts into her music. I loved, loved “Guys Do It All The Time.” RIP

    Yet – she was a train wreck. For many years. When your mother has to put out a warrant for your arrest because you stole a child and moved to another state, and then the court rules in mom’s favor? When your dad commits you, but…

    It’s damn near impossible to keep someone hospitalized against their will in this country.

    Ah yeah. Clearly Mindy had deep deep problems. 

    We might want to blame Clemens – he’s clearly a turd in many ways – but McCready herself said their sexual relationship didn’t start until she was 21. And she never expressed any remorse – in fact, she used the connection to promote herself. She even told reporters Clemens had erectile dysfunction. That’s not a nice little “bit” to get attention?

    I am sad for her kids. And sad for the dog. 

    Mindy? Yeah. Sad. But I think she made some decisions that were all her own. 

  • Xentusk

    According to the USA Today report I posted,
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/gameon/2013/02/18/roger-clemens-mindy-mccready-statement/1927857/

    [quote]In 2008, the New York Daily News reported Clemens and McCready had [b]a decade-long love affair that started when the singer was [u]15[/u][/b], a romance that included trips on Clemens’ private plane and visits to Yankee Stadium to see him pitch[/quote]

    The same article reported that she said the relationship became sexual after she turned 18, which I guess is possible that a late 20′s man wait until she was ‘legal’ until he had sex with her, but somehow, I doubt it. (remember, a decade long relationship starting at 15)

    It is apparent that Clemens has a run away ego and people let him get away with alot due to his stature, it’s just hard for me to believe he would let something like ‘morals’ prevent him from making advances on her before she was 18 :P

    As far as Mindy and her mental/emotional issues, true she was an adult and had to live with the consequences of her actions, which she sadly did….. 

    I guess my point is how does living in a surreal reality where, as a 15 year old, you are ‘dating’ (maybe more) a legendary Major League Baseball player [b]almost TWICE her age[/b], ultimately affect her outlook and mental health as an adult?  She had choices, sure, and probably her Clemens ‘noteriety’ probably helped her career, but at what cost?

    Clemens and her Family and Friends who allowed this to happen to such a young girl (who is entering womanhood) were definitely responsible for, in a major way, her path to self destruction.

  • flactyguy

    Here’s an interesting read about guns and suicide. 

  • MissMyEm

    ‘morals’ prevent him from making advances on her before she was 18 :P

    It would be called statutory rape, if she was under 18.  That’s considered a crime.  It may be hard to believe, but it’s possible Clemens thought about this, making the statement by Mindy true.

    Whatever the situation, I am sad for her children and the dog.  I don’t understand why she needed to kill the dog.   The children will need a lot of therapy as soon as possible, if they’re ever to be able to deal with this.  Whether MacCready was a good mom or one who couldn’t deal with motherhood, it’s just not a good situation for the kids.   And it breaks my heart for them as well as the poor innocent dog.

  • tripp_ncwy