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Mindy McCready, perhaps better known for her troubled personal life than as a country music icon, died last night from an apparent suicide. She was 37-years-old.
Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas confirmed Sunday night that she was found on her front porch dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A message on McCready's Facebook page reads, "In life I believe everything happens for a reason, even when I don't understand I still believe there is a perfect plan for everything... Every laugh, every tear, every moment, I love the dance..."
McCready's life seemed to take a downward spiral following the recent death of her boyfriend David Wilson, who died in January of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death is still under investigation. Wilson was the father of McCready's youngest son, Zayne, who was born on April 9th, 2012.
Mindy was released from rehab last week, but her father still had concerns about her health. Her father, Ted McCready, filed a petition earlier in the month detailing Mindy’s alleged state of mind. He says, “Since boyfriend [David Wilson] shot himself she has been in bed for three weeks. Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking RX drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her two children.”
Mindy moved to Nashville at age 18 to pursue a career in country music. She released her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, included the number-one hit “Guys Do it All the Time” and sold more than two-million copies. Subsequent albums -- 1997’s If I Don’t Stay the Night, 1999’s I’m Not So Tough and 2002’s self-titled project -- failed to match the success of her first release. Nonetheless, she had 12 singles make the Billboard country chart over her career.
Mindy spent far more time in the news for her personal problems.
Mindy, whose latest album, I’m Still Here, was released in March of 2010, leaves behind her sons Zander and Zayne.