RIP: Singer Mindy McCready Dead at 37

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“My heart goes out to Mindy’s family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many.” [THR]

The music world got a terrible shocker yesterday when news broke of the death of country singer and music star Mindy McCready who was found dead at age 37. According to the official news release from Arkansas, she was found dead on the front porch of her house where she apparently died of a single self-inflicted gunshot.

McCready had spent the last few years in the spotlight not for her singing, but for the news of her drug and alcohol addiction, appearing on both Oprah and Celebrity Rehab to bring awareness to her personal issues. Her boyfriend, musician David Wilson, was found dead in January, apparently also of a suicide. Her mother noted in 2009 that, “[Mindy] has a voice from heaven. But she is her own worst enemy.”

Her two young children, aged 6 and 10 months, are currently in foster care. The official police statement read as follows:

“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.”

May she rest in peace.

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