Mindy McCready Dead at 37

Country singer apparently kills herself
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 17, 2013 9:16 PM CST
In this undated file photo, country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)

(Newser) – Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, is dead at 37 after an apparent suicide at her home. The coroner in Cleburne County, Ark., said McCready died today in Heber Springs, and the local sheriff said the cause appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports CNN. McCready's boyfriend and the father of her 10-month-old son killed himself last month, and McCready herself had attempted suicide previously, notes the Huffington Post. She has one other son.

McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records. In 1996, her "Guys Do It All the Time" hit No. 1 and its dig at male chauvinism endeared her to females. However, personal problems plagued her beginning in 2004, including a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons and an affair with Roger Clemens. Click for more. (Read more Mindy McCready stories.)

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