Mindy McCready found dead from apparent suicide

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    • Mindy McCready's house, where the singer reportedly committed suicide, in Heber Springs. (Photo: Pam Baccam, KTHV)
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    HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV/CBS) - The Cleburne County Sheriff's Department has confirmed the death of country singer Mindy McCready in Heber Springs Sunday afternoon.

    The department said in a statement they received reports of shots fired about 3:30 p.m. Her body was found on the front porch of a home on Fox Chase Drive. She was pronounced dead at the scene from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Mindy McCready burst onto the music scene when she was just 18; her quick success was followed by a slow and painful unraveling.

    McCready rose to country music fame in 1996 with her debut album Ten Thousand Angels. But it was her life outside the recording studio that stole the spotlight. Entertainment reporter Shane Tallant says, "You can just Google and you'll see the images that pop up. I mean she's got several mug shots."

    On top of stints in and out of jail and rehab, the singer was plagued by a long list of other problems. Eight years ago Billy McKnight, the father of her oldest son, was charged with attempting to kill her.

    In 2008, she made headlines again over a rumored affair with baseball pitching legend Roger Clemens that reportedly started in her teens.

    Two years later on CBS News, she addressed reports that she had tried to commit suicide twice. She said on June 23, 2010, "I was never in a state in which I was conscious and with it and said 'Oh I want to die.'"

    Her death comes just weeks after David Wilson, the singer's boyfriend and father of her 10-month-old son, was believed to have killed himself.  She said on the Today Show Jan. 29, "He didn't just touch my heart. He touched my soul. He was my soul mate."

    Like McCready, Wilson's body was found on the same porch. Tallant says, "I think it obviously speaks on the pain that she was feeling, um that for whatever reason she chose to go to the same location and do the same thing that he did."

    Her body is being taken to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy.


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