Self-Inflicted Gunshot Ends Singer's Life
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA -- County music singer Malinda Gayle "Mindy" McCready reportedly died by suicide Sunday at age 37 at her home in Arkansas.
Neighbors called the Cleburne County, Arkansas Sheriff's office reporting gunshots. McCready was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was found on her front porch, the same place where her former boyfriend and father of her youngest son had killed himself one month prior.
McCready's two children remain in foster care and were not home at the time of her death
Country music star McCready was born and grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. She sang in a Southwest Florida Pentacostal Church choir, graduated from high school at 16, and went to Nashville at age 18.
She was quickly signed for a music contract and her first album sold two million in 1996. In 1997 her second album sold 825,000 copies. She recorded a total of five studio albums, her last in March 2010.
McCready had many encounters with law enforcement including a July 2004 arrest in Ft. Myers where she was charged with battery and resisting arrest for an apparent scuffle with her mother. The following week, she was taken into custody at the Nashville International Airport for violating probation.
In September 2004, McCready was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation. In addition to the jail time, she was ordered to serve two more years of probation and perform 200 additional hours of community service.
In July 2007, McCready was arrested in Ft. Myers, Florida, charged with battery and resisting arrest for an apparent scuffle with her mother. The following week, she was taken into custody at the Nashville International Airport for violating probation.
In September, McCready was sentenced to a year in jail for violating probation. In addition to the jail time, she was ordered to serve two more years of probation and perform 200 additional hours of community service. She was released from jail in December.
On December 17, 2008, paramedics were called to McCready's Nashville home after an apparent suicide attempt; they transported her to a hospital after finding wounds on her wrists. On May 25, 2010, McCready was hospitalized in Cape Coral, Florida, for a possible drug overdose; she may have had a reaction to Darvocet her mother had given her. She was released later that day and returned home.
In June 2009, McCready signed on to appear on the reality series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.The series aired and depicted her struggle with substance addiction. Two others from that season's show also have died.
A pornographic videotape of McCready and an ex-boyfriend referred to as "Peter" went on sale by in 2010.
On April 9, 2012, McCready gave birth to her second child, a son named Zayne. The child's father, record producer David Wilson, was found dead at McCready's Cleburn County, Arkansas home, on the same front porch where McCready would be found, on January 13, 2013, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.