The country music world has lost one it’s stars as troubled singer Mindy McCready committed suicide on Sunday.
McCready, who rose to stardom in the mid 1990′s, battled a litany of personal problems in the wake of her success, including broken romances, suicide attempts, and very public attempts at rehab. The singer was also involved in a long drawn out affair with former New York Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens.
Cleburne County (Ark.) Sheriff Marty Moss confirmed McCready’s death.
The sheriff told reporters that police arrived at McCready’s home Sunday about 3:30 p.m. after reports of gun shots. The deputies found “Ms. McCready deceased, from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” Moss told the Daily News. He added that her body will be taken to a state crime lab in Little Rock and that her death is still under investigation. Moss said McCready’s family members had been notified.
It is also being reported that McCready shot her dog before she took her own life.
The news of McCready’s suicide comes a month after her boyfriend, music producer David Wilson, died under mysterious circumstances at the couple’s home in Heber Springs, a town west of Memphis and north of Little Rock. It was first reported that Wilson shot himself, but Moss’ office later opened an investigation into the death and the probe is ongoing, Moss confirmed to The News Sunday.
Reaction from the country music world hit Twitter tonight.
“Too much tragedy to overcome. R.I.P Mindy McCready,” wrote Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks.
And Jason Aldean added: “Just heard about Mindy McCready. My thoughts and prayers are with her 2 boys and her family.”
Mindy McCready was 37 years old.