Country singer Mindy McCready was found dead at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, Sunday afternoon from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
McCready’s body will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. Her family has been notified of her death.
McCready moved from Nashville to Florida at the age of 18 and showcased her singing talent by handing out karaoke recordings of herself. She was signed with RCA Records by the age of 19 and became most well-known for her 1996 debut single, Ten Thousand Angels and chart-topping song Guys Do It All The Time. Her last album, I’m Still Here, was released in 2010.
Sadly, McCready’s most recently claim to fame was not related to musical success, but to doubt and conjecture regarding her boyfriend David Wilson's death.
McCready adamantly claimed she was not involved and entered rehab shortly after.
Wilson and McCready had a son together (Zayne) who was born last April. McCready also has an older son from a previous relationship.
After hearing about the death, Dateline NBC correspondent Andrea Canning tweeted: “Just got a call from Mindy McCready’s best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening. My heart breaks for her two boys.”
Because of McCready recent run-ins with the law, both sons had recently been removed from her custody. Her arrest record included buying painkillers with a fake prescription, identity theft, battery and violating probation.
McCready was no stranger to attempted suicide. She was hospitalized in July and September of 2006 after a drug overdose and again in December of 2008 when she attempted suicide by slitting her wrists.
A statement from the singer’s family is in the works.