Troubled country singer Mindy McCready died at the age of 37 at her Arkansas home Sunday. She was found on the same porch where David Wilson, her boyfriend committed suicide last month. Indications are that she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Her two sons were safe with foster parents; they had been placed in foster care when McCready was ordered into rehab earlier this month.
Born Malinda Gayle McCready in Fort Myer’s Florida, she had relocated to Nashville and landed a record contract by age 18. McCready’s first album, Ten Thousand Angels, was a major success, selling more than 1.2 million copies. Her second album, If I Don’t Stay the Night, was certified Gold and spawned two top-40 hits. Despite this success she struggled with difficulties including drug charges, probation violations, and assault. She had previously attempted suicide three times. Her most recent album, I’m Still Here, was released in 2010.
Our condolences to her family, friends, and fans.