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Mindy McCready

Dead

Commits Suicide

2/18/2013 4:45 AM PST UPDATED: 2/17/2013 7:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office released a statement this evening that reads:

"At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. 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. 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."

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Troubled country music star Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday of an apparent suicide ... this according to various reports. She was 37.

A source close to McCready tells TMZ ... McCready shot herself and her dog. Neighbors reported hearing the two gunshots.

We're told McCready had been a mess since the father of her youngest child, record producer David Wilson, was found dead in his home on January 13 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

McCready's two children were removed from her home by a judge on February 6 and she was committed to a treatment facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation. She was released two days later.

McCready had attempted suicide twice before -- once in 2005 and again in 2008. She also made several trips to rehab and appeared in 2010 on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

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511.

CoinOperated    

Individuals here clearly have no idea the reality of suicide. Individuals that commit suicide are not merely having a bad day but suffer from severe psychological disease; schizophrenia, paranoid delusions, and as in Mindys case severe depression. These chemical imbalances lead to extreme behaviors that even with modern medicine are not sequestered. The decision to take ones life is not an easy one, more often than not the individual has gone through extensive failed treatments and finally decides that suicide would be the best option to alleviate their pain and suffering as well as limit their "burden" as they see it on their family. As mindys kids were already out of her care I am certain this is why she chose to kill her dog , in her mind all loose ends were now tied up. As opposed to your disgusting judgement of this woman have a look at the flawed mental health care system. We live in a country in which tens of thousands of people commit suicide each year, it's the 10th leading cause of death in the US, that is the real issue here!

589 days ago
512.

Kelly    

From ROL...is this why she shot the dog? ; In an eerie twist, McCready — who fatally shot her dog prior to killing herself — told NBC that the bullet that ended Wilson’s life was found “in the dog’s mouth. “I didn’t find [the bullet], the dog did, I mean, that’s a horrific thing to say, but it was in the dog’s mouth,” she said.

589 days ago
513.

LR    

How so self absorbed she is to do this, not realizing all that was giving to her, how many other people in this world would love to have the opportunities she had and she threw it all away. Leaving 2 children behind and so young, how could anyone feel sorry for her. And killing her dog. Why the hell kill her dog? You deserve to die. RIP my ass, burn in hell is more like it. Committing suicide is an easy way for the coward who has no strength to face reality.

589 days ago
514.

Woot    

You just HAD to take the poor dog with you, you POS!

589 days ago
515.

Dan    

:( Very Sad... Depression doesn't discriminate.. Thank you for the music Mindy.

589 days ago
516.

Rhoda Penmark    

It is indeed a tragedy that Mindy McCready murdered her dog.

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Anafoundlove    

Heavenly Father, I pray you receive this child's spirit. I pray that you give peace and understanding to those left behind and mourning her passing. Thank you for your love and forgiveness. When we are weak you are strong. I pray that those who are hurting and reading these words that the Holy Spirit warm their hearts and reveal the truth of you great love that NOTHING can separate us from not even death. Your ways are so much. Higher than our ways. The average person will look on This death as an insignificant event. But not you Father you have loved us before the foundations of the world were framed. Thank you Gos for your forgiveness and mercy and for not holding our sins and weaknesses and failures against us but by Jesus' sacrifice once and for all we are received into your Kingdom as heirs as children o the King! In Jesus name I pray. Amen

589 days ago
518.

jbeans    

Saw this coming a mile away. What a waste and those poor children...both their parents committed suicide.

589 days ago
519.

Mike    

Whoever let Mindy out of rehab is partially responsible for her suicide. No doubt about it. I hear she was a complete mess after her husband killed himself.

I wonder if she left rehab because the bills couldn't be paid. Even though she used to be a star, I hear she didn't have much money.
What rehab center in their right mind would do this knowing that she had already tried to kill herself a few times and she was severely depressed now because of her boyfriend?

589 days ago
520.

amychris10    

the "sad" part is the children she selfishly left behind. shame on both parents. shame.

589 days ago
521.

barney    

Very sorry to hear that Mindy has killed herself.Shad a very promising carrer at one time,to bad she could not put her life together,.
The Judge who had her kids removed from her home is partially to blame for this happning.He knew what her Mental state was and had to know that taking her 2 kids after loosing her mate would destroy her.Another case of a making a ruling he is not qualified to make
R.I.P Mindy May GOD you the Peace you Deserve and take care of your children.

589 days ago
522.

Luke    

Even in the very beginning Mindy was troubled. She came to our radio station a lot in Ft Myers Fla back then. We all hoped she would mature and grow up. But it became clear she wasn't doing well with success. So said for her Mama and Grandma.

589 days ago
523.

t    

Why did she have to also shoot the poor innocent dog? Make me think if her boys were there, she may have turned the gun on them as well...thank god they were not...

589 days ago
524.

Mike    

Out of all the times that Mindy had been to rehab this last one was by far the most serious one. Why the hell didn't a judge or somebody make her stay in there for at least a month or two?
I wonder what Dr. Drew is going to say about this suicide on his HLN show tonight.

589 days ago
525.

Lena    

It was bound to happen. The minute her on again off again committed suicide I KNEW she would follow suit.
I really feel sorry for her kids. 1) They've inherited the junkie gene from her 2) the second one inherited the junkie gene AND the clinically depressed gene from BOTH parents.
That poor kid is bound to commit suicide himself one day...unless there is some SERIOUS intervention and some serious bio-chemical balancing drug invented.
God those poor children.

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