Country singer Mindy McCready was found dead earlier today from an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound. Police were dispatched to her home in Arkansas after gun shots were heard by neighbors. The singer was only 37 years old, and she leaves behind two sons. McCready has been battling addiction and depression for many years, even appearing in an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Pinsky was available for comment and said of the singer:
“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, 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.”
Mindy first burst on the country music scene in 1996 with her debut album “10,000 Angels” and her hit single “Guys Do It All The Time.” She had not created any new material for a few years. The mother of two had just given birth to her second son 10 months ago, the child’s father, record producer David Wilson, died of an apparent suicide just last month.
Obviously riddled with pain and sorrow, McCready turned to drugs and alcohol to numb her senses. Over the past few years she had been battling for custody of her elder son, Zander, from her mother. She ran away to Arkansas with her son siting her child’s safety as the reason for the escape. She was found hiding in a closet with her son when the authorities apprehended her. In January 2012, Mindy wrote on her website describing her struggles:
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.”