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Mindy McCready, country music singer, dead in apparent suicide

Country singer Mindy McCready appears in a December 2011 interview for '20/20.'
February 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Country music star Mindy McCready has died in an apparent suicide, the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Sunday. She was 37.

According to the sheriff's office, deputies were dispatched Sunday afternoon to a report of shots fired at McCready's home in the 1100 block of Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs, Ark. Deputies say they discovered McCready's body on the front porch of the residence. She was pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Her apparent suicide comes just a month after her boyfriend, 34-year-old singer-songwriter David Wilson, took his own life on that same front porch.

McCready had recently been ordered back to rehab. Her two children, 6-year-old Zander and 9-month-old Zayne, were placed in foster care.

McCready was once arrested for abducting her oldest son from her mother, who was given custody during a previous jail sentence.

The singer's downward spiral, which included drug abuse, suicide attempts and domestic violence, landed her on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

Meantime, the country music world is reacting to the news of McCready's death. Leann Rimes tweeted "My heart goes out to Mindy McCready's family. I knew her well. It's a horrible tragedy. May peace be with her sons."

Carrie Underwood also tweeted "I grew up listening to Mindy McCready...so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them..."


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