Mindy McCready Dead: Country Singer Fatally Shoots Herself, According to Police
Cleburne County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunshots at 3:31 p.m and discovered McCready's body on the front porch of her home in Heber Spring, Ark.
"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," the Sheriff's office said in a statement. "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.
Dateline NBC correspondent Andrea Canning was one of the first to report the story, writing on Twitter, "Just got a call from Mindy McCready's best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening. My heart breaks for her two boys. RIP."Celebuzz by her brother, Joshua.
She is survived by her son Zander, 6, with ex Billy McKnight, and Zayne, 10 months.
McCready, whose life was filled with arrests, drug overdoses and previous suicide attempts, found herself back in the headlines in the months leading up to her death.
In January, her boyfriend and father of Zayne, singer-songwriter David Wilson, was found dead of a reported suicide.
"He didn't just touch my heart, he touched my soul," McCready told Canning in a January interview with TODAY. "He was my soulmate."
Weeks later, on Feb. 6, McCready was ordered by a judge to enter a treatment facility for mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation. Her children were also removed from her home by authorities.
She was released into outpatient treatment one day later.
In wake of the news, Celebuzz spoke to McCready's stepfather, Michael Inge, who said the family will comment "when we get over some grieving."
He added that McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, is "talking to [Gayle's] sons in Nashville right now."
McCready first shot to fame in 1996 with the release of her hit CD, "Ten Thousand Angels."
In 2010, she appeared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew for substance abuse problems. That same year, she released "I'm Still Here," her first CD in eight years.