Mindy McCready, whose star seemed so bright when her country career took off in 1996, endured a series of pitfalls in the past several years. After a suicide attempt following her ex-boyfriend’s arrest for attempted murder–he beat and then choked her–McCready’s life seemed to spiral steadily out of control. She reportedly dealt with a drug and alcohol problem off and on, and was featured on “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” following an arrest tied to a fake prescription for OxyContin.
Things seemed to be looking up for the singer when she met David Wilson; the couple became the proud parents of a baby boy last year. But in January, Wilson died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The circumstances surrounding his death were suspicious enough to cause investigators to look at McCready as a suspect should evidence of foul play come up, causing her to make a statement on the “Today” show.
“Oh, my God, no. He was my life,” she said when asked about the allegations that she had something to do with his death. “We were each others’ life…I have never gone through anything this painful. He didn’t just touch my heart, he touched my soul. He was my soulmate.”
McCready entered a rehab program earlier this month, but it’s unclear what the treatment was for specifically. Then, on Sunday afternoon, authorities were dispatched to her Arkansas home on a shots fired call. McCready was found dead on her front porch of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs,” reads a statement from the police department. “Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”
McCready was just 37 years old. She leaves behind a six-year old son, Zander, and 10-month old Zayne.