Country star Mindy McCready has killed herself on the same front porch where her boyfriend David Wilson was found dead one month ago.
Mindy McCready, 37, died from an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound”, Arkansas sheriff Marty Moss said.
The troubled singer had attempted to take her own life twice before and was known to have problems with prescription drugs and alcohol.
Mindy McCready’s death comes weeks after that of her boyfriend and father of one of her two sons, record producer David Wilson, whose death is being investigated.
The singer recorded five studio albums.
NBC reporter Andrea Canning tweeted: “Just got a call from Mindy McCready’s best friend that she shot and killed herself this evening.”
Police said they had found the body of Malinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of her home in Heber Springs. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the death of her partner in January, Mindy McCready had told NBC’s Dateline programme that she had “never gone through anything this painful.
“He didn’t just touch my heart, he touched my soul.”
Mindy McCready has killed herself on the same front porch where her boyfriend David Wilson was found dead one month ago
Mindy McCready denied any involvement in David Wilson’s death.
Her two boys – a six-year-old and a nine-month-old – were removed from her home earlier this month when she was ordered to undergo rehabilitation.
She was discharged last week for outpatient treatment, but her sons remained in foster care.
Mindy McCready had been arrested several times on drug charges. She also made headlines for claiming to have had a 10-year affair with former baseball star Roger Clemens that began when she was a teenager.
Her best-selling album was her 1996 debut Ten Thousand Angels which included the hit Guys Do It All The Time. Her fifth album, I’m Still Here, was released in 2010.
- Born November 30, 1975, in Florida
- Moves to Nashville aged 18
- Three years later has her first hit with Guys Do It All The Time
- In 2006 gives birth to a son with Billy McKnight
- Appears in TV show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010
- Son Zayne is born in April 2012
- January 13, 2013 – her boyfriend David Wilson is found dead
- February 17, 2013 – police find her dead at her home
David Wilson, the live-in boyfriend of troubled country singer Mindy McCready, shot himself in his Arkansas home on Sunday night.
New sheriff reports reveal that David Wilson, 34, was found in his house in Heber Springs with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and he was transported to the local hospital but declared dead shortly after.
Mindy McCready, who has publicly struggled with drug problems, described her live-in boyfriend as her “soul mate” and “life partner” as she announced his death on Sunday.
The official Cleburne County Sheriff’s department confirmed that police and emergency services responded to a call at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Sunday though it is unclear who made the call.
The scene is a familiar one to police, as David Wilson was found shot in the same house where Mindy McCready was discovered hiding in a closet in December 2011 with her elder son Zander after a nationwide manhunt as part of a long custody dispute.
Zander was taken from Mindy McCready’s arms and placed in foster care.
Mindy McCready’s mother and step-father had legal custody of him at the time, following McCready’s lengthy and public battle with drug addiction.
It’s unclear whether Zander is living with Mindy McCready, if he has been returned to his grandparents and if he remains in foster care.
David Wilson is the father of Mindy McCready’s younger son, Zayne, who was born in April.
“Today, we mourn the loss of my life partner and my children’s father, David Wilson,” Mindy McCready said in a statement she released.
“David was my soulmate; he was a caregiver and guiding hand to our sons, Zander and Zayne.
“He was a precious gift from God to all of us and, yesterday, he returned home and is now with his mother and father. David loved and he was loved.
“Those who knew and loved him will miss him; those who did not know David missed the opportunity to know a truly loving and gifted man.”
David Wilson, the live-in boyfriend of troubled country singer Mindy McCready, shot himself in his Arkansas home on Sunday night
The police report says that emergency services arrived at David Wilson’s house on Fox Chase Road at 6:15 p.m. and transported him to nearby Baptist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:00 p.m.
No criminal charges have been filed but the investigation is ongoing.
Mindy McCready’s father Timothy said that the family were still coming to terms with their loss.
The house on Fox Chase Road became the center of the custody battle between Mindy and her parents after she kidnapped her elder son and hid out in the house that was then-owned by her father Timothy McCready. News reports said at the time that neither the singer nor David Wilson- who was found in the house with her- were allowed to be on the property.
The house has since legally changed hands, and is now owned by a relative of David Wilson’s.
David Wilson is said to be a record producer and songwriter, though it is unclear who he worked with specifically.
Mindy McCready rose to fame in 1996 with her hit country song Ten Thousand Angels. Her album of the same name went double platinum – though that marked the peak of her career.
She struggled with arrests and drug addiction after her career began to faded in the late 1990s.
She was dropped by BNA Records in after her 1999 album had disappointing sales and then dropped by Capitol Records in after her 2002 record suffered the same fate.
Mindy McCready was arrested in Tennessee in 2004 and pleaded guilty to using a fake prescription to buy the painkiller OxyContin.
She was arrested in Nashville in May 2005 for drunk driving and driving with a suspended license after she was stopped for speeding. Two months later, Mindy McCready was charged with identity theft, unlawful use of transportation, unlawful imprisonment, and hindering prosecution in Arizona.
She was arrested twice, in 2005, 2007 and 2008, for violating the term of her probation.
In July 2007, Mindy McCready was arrested in Fort Myers, Florida and charged with fighting with her mother.
In 2005 and 2008, Mindy McCready was hospitalized for attempting suicide. She was taken to the hospital in 2010 for a drug overdose, as well.
Mindy McCready has been mounting a comeback in recent years, though. Her 2010 album I’m Still Here was praised by critics for her vocal prowess.
She also appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew as she attempted to work out her drug issues.
On the show’s website, VH1 made references to her personal problems and even pegged the root of her troubles on her relationships.
Mindy McCready’s biography on the show’s page says: “Although she was arrested and jailed for trying to buy OxyContin with a false prescription and attempted suicide with an overdose of drugs and alcohol, Mindy believes her only true addiction is to violent relationships.”