Mindy McCready, who chronicled her struggles with drug addiction and depression both in her music and on reality TV, was found dead Sunday. Authorities believe a self-inflicted gunshot wound was the cause. Her boyfriend, record producer David Wilson, had committed suicide at the same Heber Springs, Arkansas home a month before. McCready had attempted suicide at least twice before, according to authorities.
McCready skyrocketed onto the country charts in 1996. She was a blonde beauty with a voice equally gorgeous. Her “Ten Thousand Angels” album sold more than two million copies and spawned two huge hits: the title track and “Guys Do It All the Time.” McCready looked like a country megastar in the making, with a bright future ahead of her.
But the hits stopped coming, and soon the only way McCready made headlines was for her struggles. She appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in an effort to get help. Drew Pinsky told CNN he reached out to the singer after her boyfriend’s suicide.
She also garnered negative attention for confessing to a lengthy affair with disgraced baseball star Roger Clemens. The pitcher still denies the affair reported in sordid detail by the New York Daily News, calling McCready a longtime family friend. After learning of her death, Clemens released a statement saying he’d heard she was “trying to get peace and direction in her life.”
Carrie Underwood tweeted that she “grew up listening to Mindy McCready.. so sad for her family tonight.”