Country singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide
HEBER SPRINGS, Arkansas (AP) - Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready. The former country star appears to have taken her own life on Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Authorities say McCready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head and an autopsy is planned. She was 37, the mother of two young sons. If confirmed, it was at least her fourth suicide attempt since 2005, ending a series of tumultuous public events that marked much of the singer's adult life.
Her death comes a month after that of Mr David Wilson, her longtime boyfriend and the father of her youngest son. He is believed to have shot himself on the same porch of the home they shared in the small wooded community of large lakefront houses about 100km north of Little Rock, Arkansas, and his death also was investigated as a suicide.
Melinda Gayle McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 still in her teens with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records. She had a few memorable moments professionally, scoring her first No. 1 hit almost immediately. Guys Do It All The Time, a self-assured dig at male chauvinism, endeared her to female fans in 1996. She also scored a hit with Ten Thousand Angels, and her album of that title sold 2 million copies.