Country singer Mindy McCready, who rose to fame in the 1990s with a platinum-selling album but has spiraled downward for the last several years, was found dead today (Feb. 17) of an apparent suicide, according to reports.
Most recently, McCready, 37, battled substance abuse and did a stint in rehab following the death of David Wilson, her boyfriend of two years and father of her nine-month-old child.
Wilson, a record producer, also reportedly killed himself in January. But his death continues to be under investigation, and McCready, for a time, was forced to deny that she shot him.
In an interview Jan. 29 with the “Today Show,” McCready talked about the loss. “I’ve never gone through anything this painful, nor will I ever again go through anything as painful,” she said. (See below)
“He didn’t just touch my heart, he touched my soul,” she added, calling him her “soul mate.”
Andrea Canning a reported with Dateline NBC reported the news over Twitter. “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. RIP”
It wasn’t her first attempt. McCready reportedly had tried to kill herself at least four times in the past. In one instance, she was pregnant with her son, Zander. The most recent attempt occurred in 2010.
Her troubles with drug and alcohol abuse are also longstanding. She was convicted of prescription medication fraud in 2004, a DUI in 2005, and was charged with battery and resisting arrest in 2007, according to Gawker.
McCready had been in a deep depression since Wilson’s death, leading to her emergency commitment in a rehab facility by a court on Feb. 6.
“Since boyfriend (David Wilson) shot himself she has been in bed for 3 wks,” her father said in a supporting affidavit.
“Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children,” he added in the court document.
Through all her troubles, she was a talented artist.
The first of her five studio albums Ten Thousand Angels debuted in 1996 and sold more than two million copies, make it a double platinum album. Her second album I Don’t Stay the Night reached gold, which signifies more than 500,000 sales, but fell short of platinum.
McCready also allegedly had an affair with former Yankees pitching all-star Roger Clemens, who was 13 years her senior. She was 15 when they started and he was 28. The saw each other for most of a decade.
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