Mindy McCready Killed Self in Spot 'Soul Mate' Died

Country world mourns star after apparent suicide

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2013 5:09 AM CST | Updated Feb 18, 2013 7:59 AM CST

(Newser) – Mindy McCready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot on the same porch where her boyfriend died, and sources tell TMZ she shot the family dog before taking her own life. The troubled country singer, who was found dead at her Arkansas home yesterday, recently told an interviewer that the dog had found the bullet that killed boyfriend David Wilson in another apparent suicide last month, the Daily Mail reports. "I didn't find the bullet, the dog did," she said. "It was in the dog's mouth." She firmly denied any involvement in the death of Wilson, the father of the younger of her two sons, but the probe into his death is ongoing, the local sheriff tells the New York Daily News.

  • Fellow country stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to the 37-year-old. "Oh my! Mindy. Dear sweet girl. This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life," tweeted Wynonna Judd.
  • McCready made at least three previous suicide attempts between 2005 and 2008, the AP reports. "I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It's just always been like that," she said when discussing her turbulent life in a 2010 interview . "My entire life things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that's really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality."
  • McCready—who entered court-ordered rehab and put her children into foster care earlier this month—is the fifth cast member of Dr. Drew Pinsky's Celebrity Rehab to die in recent years, Billboard reports. Pinsky says she reached out to him after Wilson's death. "Although she was fearful of stigma and ridicule, she agreed with me that she needed to make her health and safety a priority," he says. "Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment."

Crime scene tape blocks off the front of a home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, where country singer Mindy McCready was found dead in an apparent suicide.  She was 37.
Crime scene tape blocks off the front of a home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, where country singer Mindy McCready was found dead in an apparent suicide. She was 37.   (AP Photo/Jeannie Nuss)
Country artist Mindy McCready perfoms at the CMA Music Festival Thursday, June 5, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.
Country artist Mindy McCready perfoms at the CMA Music Festival Thursday, June 5, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Bill Waugh)
Country singer Mindy McCready performs at a Nashville Broncs basketball game Nov. 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.
Country singer Mindy McCready performs at a Nashville Broncs basketball game Nov. 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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