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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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61.

RL    

RIP

559 days ago
62.

Beauty    

Oh, honey :(

559 days ago
63.

Just_Me    

So sad....what a troubled soul. Her problems have only just begun.

559 days ago
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VogieBear    

No matter how "troubled" she was, this is still such a sad story. One too often heard. Same for Ehitney and her amazing talent. Some people just never feel whole, and we as a siciety should take part of the blame. No one has walked in her shoes, so please do not judge. Be kind, best wishes to her and her family during what would be such a tragic time in their lives. Any age is too young to go this way. Love going up!

559 days ago
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VogieBear    

*Whitney

559 days ago
66.

marchetti    

Harvey swallows!

559 days ago
67.

Kelly    

Nothing is so bad that people should take their own life, especially when there are children involved. Wasn't her story suspect when her boyfriend committed suicide?

559 days ago
68.

Kirik    

Just another corpse to add to the 12 Step industry's body count.

559 days ago
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snowboardchick    

It's always tragic when someone feels this is their only option. Unfortunately it's the children that are forced to carry this burden and hopefully did not inherit these genes.

559 days ago
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foreverOnline    

Piece of advice to individuals who have attempted suicide in the past.....DONT HAVE CHILDREN morons

559 days ago
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O-Dog2GX    

Took over 1 month 2 release it. State autopsy better come correct. Starting 2 have Lindsey & Brittany issues at home. Sipped the sauce instead. Peace& Love 2 U. Check yourself Dave.

559 days ago
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Mick Kahler    

Years ago when I was the morning producer/on air foil at US*99 radio in Chicago, I met Mindy on several occasions. She was about 22 at the time and a bright and shining new star. Mindy's troubles over the past few years have been heartbreaking and I am so sorry to see how things turned out. My deepest prayers go to Mindy's two young children and the grieving family members she left behind.

559 days ago
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kris    

This is another death you saw coming but it is still so sad when it happens. With mental illness and addiction there really is a fate worse than death if the person can't get the correct help in time. Im so sorry for her family. Mindy, hopefully found some long needed peace.

559 days ago
74.

Mike    

TMZ, you got her age wrong and misspelled her name once in the article. Nice editing.

559 days ago
75.

Mee    

Drugs are the ROOT OF ALL FUN AND EVIL

559 days ago
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