Country Star Mindy McCready Dead at 37 of Apparent Suicide

Just a year ago, Mindy McCready posted a personal message of hope and determination, claiming that while she had had her struggles, they were behind her now and she was ready to move forward. To continue fighting. To still be here. But a lot can happen in a year, and last night the world learned it had become too much for Mindy. Tragically, she is no longer here after apparently committing suicide.

Last year Mindy’s message to her fans read, “I haven’t had a hit in almost a decade. I’ve spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. But I’m still here. I’ve been here before. I’m a fighter. I’m down, but I’ll never be out.”

But while McCready had seen her fair share of the battles over the past ten years, not even she could have predicted what was coming. After breaking onto the country music scene in 1996, she quickly fell into the downward spiral that so many stars do. Plagued with substance abuse problems, depression, and even spending time in jail, McCready was a star that people continued to root for, even though it seemed she was about to lose it all.

Then in the past few years, she truly did.

In 2011 she kidnapped her oldest son, after losing custody of him to her mother. That boy is the child of Billy McKnight, who went to prison for attempting to murder McCready back in 2004 — around the same time she was charged with trying to illegally obtaining OxyContin.

McCready also had a 10-month old son, who was the son of record producer David Wilson. Just last month, Wilson committed suicide on the porch of their Arkansas home. With the pain obviously being too much to bear, last night McCready sat on that same porch and apparently killed herself with a shotgun, just like Wilson. It was sadly her fourth suicide attempt since 2005.

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