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(CNN) — Country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday at her home in Arkansas from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the local sheriff’s office said in a statement. She was 37.

Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gunshots fired Sunday afternoon and found McCready’s body on the front porch, the statement read.

McCready leaves behind two boys, one of whom is 10 months old. The infant’s father, record producer David Wilson, died of an apparent suicide last month.

The singer struggled with addiction and mental illness, often publicly. She appeared in an episode of “Celebrity Rehab” three years ago with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who said he contacted her last month after her boyfriend’s death.

“When I heard she was struggling, I did reach out to her and urged her to go to take care of herself, get in a facility if she felt she needed,” said Pinsky, who hosts his own program on CNN’s sister network HLN.

“Her biggest fear was the stigma of doing so and what people would think if she, God forbid, took care of herself. And this to me is the most distressing part of this story. She is a lovely woman, we have lost her, and it didn’t have to go down like this.”

McCready burst onto the music scene in 1996 with her debut album “10,000 Angels,” and the chart-topping hit “Guys Do It All the Time.”

In the past few years, McCready waged a public battle for custody of her elder son, Zander. She took the boy from her mother, who had custody, and fled with him to her home in Arkansas, saying she had concerns over his safety.

A judge ordered authorities to pick up the boy, who was 5 at the time, and days later authorities found McCready hiding with Zander in a closet at her home.

Country music stars expressed their condolences Sunday on hearing news of McCready’s death.

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

“It breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life,” singer Wynonna Judd wrote in a series of tweets. “Addiction is a disEASE & not a character flaw. When the pain becomes too much, it causes people to want that pain to stop. This is just so unbelieveable & so sad.”

A year ago, McCready posted excerpts of a book she said was upcoming about her life. She acknowledged a difficult upbringing, personal problems and the challenges she faced turning her life around.

“I haven’t had a hit in almost a decade,” she wrote in January 2012 on her official fan website. “I’ve spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. I’ve been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed, and evicted. But I’m still here. With a handful of people that I know and trust, a revived determination, and both middle fingers up in the air, I’m ready. I’ve been here before. I’m a fighter. I’m down, but I’ll never be out.”

CNN’s Elwyn Lopez contributed to this report.


  • Anonymous

    I can not believe this omg i knew she had a drinking problem but she also had a drug problem also my prayers go to her family RIP Mindy!:.(

  • cindy

    so sad to see a young mom leave her babies behind i wish she could of took care of her problems another way sooo sad)=

    • cjmo2662

      That's the hardest part, what it does to those left behind. Those poor kids! The baby will never know either of his parents, & the older son will have hard memories to get past; I hope they will always know their mommy loved them, she just wasn't strong enough to get past the pain.

  • areyou serious

    Wynonna said it right. Addiction is a disease, not a character flaw. Addiction will strangle you until you cant breathe. Seeking help is the first step for any addiction, but having support from family and friends are just as important. Without either one addiction still lurks and is ready to strangle you again. And trust me it will again and again and again. May God be with her children, family, and friends during this difficult time. My prayer is God brought Mindy home to His home where all of her pain is now gone. RIP Mindy.

    • Marine57

      @ areyou serious
      Consider this:
      Choosing to use drugs is a character flaw which, when it becomes an addiction, is a deadly disease.
      Further, God can not bring someone home who is not saved. He he said – drugs is as witchcraft, a deadly thing that is the antithesis of Christianity.

      • the concerned one

        Wow If she asked god to forgive her I think he would and i can stand people that speak of god when something tragic happens they will not go to heaven they say lol bull pooo i think if god can forgive a child molester he can forgive some on for having a sickness that they can not overcome people make me sick when they talk all the bible and sit on the internet talk about others wow Like i said If GOD can forgive some one that hurts his helpless children then he can forgive some one that can not get threw the hurts of life and society cause a lot of the children that survive child molesters are more likely to kill their selves so there you go don't forgive this child whom went threw the heart killing act but forgive the one who committed the sin against that child in the first place so don't go saying that god does not forgive people that takes their own life and how do you know she was not saved in the first place just your sick 2 cents
        and when you get surgery do you stay awake during the whole thing cause it is drugs that they give you to put you to sleep lol when you get stitches do they numb you cause that is drugs that they are using in you now come on there is another drug it is called hate it is a very bad drug and god does not speak of hate so come on that is something every one needs to understand sometimes there are times when you just can not get out of that sack of feelings some times and there it meets you and backs you into a corner and some feel there is no other way out but to die and others choose to talk so if you are not in her life don't judge her cause you are not her maker and you have no place in the world to judge anyone Thank you

  • Tanya

    God is willing to forgive all that are willing to come to him through his son, Jesus Christ. Accepting Jesus is a free gift, and all of our sins are cleansed when we do so. If Mindy Accepted Christ during her lifetime, then she will be in Heaven for all eternity. Accepting Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven and God. He loves all of us, and does not want any of us to perish and be separated from Him. But it is has to be our choice during our lifetime here to choose him by making His son, Jesus our Lord and Savior over our lives to inherit eternity with God, and be cleansed from all of our sins. I truly hope Mindy Had accepted Jesus at some point during her life. The gift is free to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ, son of God. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this time of grief over their loss….God bless them!!

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