Mindy McCready attends the premiere of 'Scream 2' in
Hollywood in this December 1997 file photo. REUTERS/Fred
Troubled country music star Mindy McCready, whose
platinum singing career was shadowed by substance abuse and
suicide attempts, has been found dead of an apparent
self-inflicted gunshot wound, an Arkansas sheriff says. She was
McCready's body was found on the porch of a house in Heber
Springs, Arkansas, on Sunday afternoon (local time). She was
pronounced dead at the scene "from what appears to be a
single self-inflicted gunshot wound," the Cleburne County
Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
Deputies had been dispatched to the area following reports of
"shots fired," the sheriff's office said.
McCready, whose albums include "Ten Thousand Angels" and "If
I Don't Stay the Night," had a complicated personal life,
marked by a history of substance abuse, suicide attempts,
family disputes and tragedy.
Last month, record producer David Wilson, the father of her
youngest son, was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted
gunshot wound in the same Arkansas town.
Some fellow musicians paid tribute to McCready on Twitter as
news of her death spread.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy McCready and her
family today," country singer Tracy Lawrence tweeted.
Country star Carrie Underwood wrote, "I grew up listening to
Mindy McCready... so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers
are going out to them."
Born in Fort Myers, Florida, McCready learned to sing as a
child at her local Pentecostal church. She moved to
Nashville, Tennessee, to break into the country music
business at the age of 18, according to allmusic.com.
She achieved early success with her 1996 debut album, "Ten
Thousands Angels," which sold 2 million copies. Four other
studio albums followed.
While successful in her career, McCready's personal life had
begun to unravel in recent years.
In 2004 she was convicted of prescription drug fraud and
placed on parole. Three years later she spent time in jail
for violating her parole terms.
She had two young sons. Her first, Zander, was born in 2006.
As her personal problems deepened, she became embroiled in a
legal dispute over custody.
In November 2011, she left Florida with Zander and fled to
Arkansas. McCready's mother, who had custody of the child,
filed a missing person report against her daughter, and
Her son with Wilson, Zayne, was born last year.
McCready appeared on the television show "Celebrity Rehab
with Dr. Drew."
According to the biography posted on VH1's website as part of
her appearance on the show, McCready said that she believed
her only true addiction was to violent relationships.
In 2011 McCready appeared on HBO's show "Celebrity Close
Calls" about life and death situations. That same year she
also appeared on the network's "Celebrity Ghost Stories."
Her fifth album, "I'm Still Here," was released to acclaim in
The sheriff's office said McCready's body would be taken to
the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, adding that "the
matter will be fully investigated."