Mindy McCready

  • Born: November 20, 1975
  • Died: February 17, 2013
  • Location: Heber Springs, Arkansas

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In this Nov. 14, 2008 file photo, Country singer Mindy McCready performs, in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37.

Country singer star dies at 37

CHRIS TALBOTT, The Associated Press

HEBER SPRINGS, Arkansas (AP) — Mindy McCready threatened to kill herself after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet she was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program days before she apparently killed herself, her ex-boyfriend said Monday.

Billy McKnight, who was in a long, rocky relationship with McCready and who is the father of her oldest child, Zander, said the 37-year-old mother of two stayed in the in-patient substance abuse treatment center for about 18 hours before being allowed to walk free.

Authorities say McCready died in an apparent suicide Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, a vacation community north of Little Rock. Sheriff Marty Moss said McCready was found dead on the front porch where her boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are investigating his death as a suicide, but haven't yet determined his cause of death.

McKnight, speaking to The Associated Press by phone from Tampa, Florida, said McCready and Wilson had actually gotten engaged. He wondered how she was allowed to go free, given all the turmoil in her life.

"That was a big mistake on the part of whoever released her," McKnight said. "... She was in a terrible state of mind. She doesn't perform any more. She wasn't working. She has two kids and her fiance was just killed. There's no way she should be out by herself in a lonely house with nothing but booze and pills. That was a really, really bad mistake, and the end result is tragic."

Neighbors reported hearing two shots Sunday afternoon when they called the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office. Authorities found Wilson's dog dead next to McCready's body.

"Based on what we have found at the scene at this time, we do believe that she took the life of the dog that we are being told by family members belonged to Mr. Wilson before she took her own life," Moss said.

The sheriff confirmed McCready's two sons remained in foster care where they were at the time of her death. McKnight says he's working with authorities to get custody of his son, Zander, and was not privy to what's happening with infant boy Zayne, who was born to McCready and Wilson last year.

McCready's sons were put in foster care and she was ordered into rehab earlier this month after McCready's father expressed concern. He told a judge his daughter had stopped taking care of herself and her children after Wilson's death and she was abusing alcohol and prescription drugs.

Moss said he expects McCready's official cause of death will be released soon, but that "all indicators" point to a suicide. Her body has been sent to the state crime lab for autopsy.

McCready attempted suicide at least three times previously and her fragile state of mind was always a concern to family and friends who cared for her.

"This didn't come as a surprise, although shocking," McKnight said. "She was bitter. She was bitter at the world and she was bitter at herself, and she could just never shake it. She could never beat it.

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AP writer Jeannie Nuss in Arkansas contributed to this report. Music Writer Chris Talbott wrote from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Candle

My heart goes out to the family of such a wonderful life cut short....May u find peace...

Posted by Dawn haddox - St louis, MO   March 07, 2013

So sorry you felt you had to leave us, may God give your spirit rest and your soul release, praying that your sons find joy and love..

Posted by Edna - Cape Coral, FL - fan   March 06, 2013

Candle

Mindy, I have always loved you and your music. You will forever remain in my heart. I will NEVER forget you. Rest in Peace in Heaven sweet angel.

Posted by Rodger A. Morris - Prosser, WA   March 06, 2013

so sorry. was a huge fan of yours. will be missed deeply

Posted by mike ethridge - benton, KY - fan   March 05, 2013

Candle

Awwww, Mindy, I wish you could have found the help you needed....So many people will miss you. You were so talented. Sad that you will never see your sons grow up.....I truly hope and pray your sons grow up and have a happy life. May the angels in Heaven watch over your sons. I hope you find what you were looking for in Heaven.......Rest In Peace

Posted by Rox - Battle Creek, MI - fan   March 04, 2013

Candle

God seem a beautiful flower and he pick you, R.I.P. Mindy

Posted by Ruby Hart-Aulderman - Quincy, FL   March 04, 2013

There's one more star shining over Nasville now.

Posted by Scotter - Florence, SC - Fan   March 04, 2013

Mindy, "You"ll Never Know" how heartbroken so many of us are,
Wish we could have all been there for you to save you.
Hope you have finally found your Peace Forever and ever, you will always be in our hearts and minds forever and ever.
"Rest in Peace"

Posted by CKS - Cape Coral, FL   February 22, 2013

The grief of loosing a loved one is great and I am sorry your family was not there to comfort you in your time of need as they should have been. I lost my 25 year old daughter to breast cancer and was so thankful my family and God carried me and wrapped their arms around me. With Mindy in such a delicate state this should never have happened. I'm sorry Mindy. May God's Angels watch over your two beautiful sons. In Jesus precious name.

Posted by Linda Schank - Fort Myers, FL - a fan   February 21, 2013

rest in peace mindy

Posted by Rosanne Little - Mc Rae, AR   February 21, 2013

Hugs and bright lights....rest in peace

Posted by Jimmie York - Malvern, AR - A fan   February 21, 2013

Rest In Peace.. May God wrap his arms around you and give the peace you so deserve.

Posted by BJC Campbell - Malvern, AR - A fan   February 21, 2013

So sad that artists like Mindy have issues like these. Pray for her family and she will be kept in our hearts.

Posted by Robert Steenken - Preston, Maryland, MD - Fan   February 21, 2013

My heart goes out to her children and her family. I hope she found the peace she was looking for. Two children who will never know there mother and the joy her musice brought to people.

Posted by sherry - Northbridge, MA - none of above.   February 20, 2013

Candle

May you Rest In Peace Mindy and May the angels in heaven watch over your family during this sad time

Posted by Garland A Smith Jr - Bossier, LA - fellow musician   February 20, 2013

So sad.... to answer Dave Hanson's question. When you are already heartbroken, depressed (the death of her boyfriend) and then your family takes away your children, (I understand her dad said she wasn't taking care of them or herself....if he was so concerned about her he should have helped and moved in with her) you can enter a very dark place. To bad her father didn't take the time of moving in with her and look after her and her children, and provided in house care for her mental and medical needs. Until you have been in that place it is hard of others to understand . Such a great loss of a very talented and beautiful person. My deepest sympathy to her family and her sons.

Posted by Renee Morrow - Hattiesburg, MS - Fan   February 20, 2013

Candle

Rip Mindy you will be sadly missed!! All my thoughts and prayers go out to her two sons, and family. God bless you all.

Posted by Shari Hoffman - Saint Peter, MN   February 19, 2013

Mindys' music helped me realize that only you can make yourself happy. Abusive relationships aren't love. I found a wonderful man and I know that I'm unreplaceable in life. I wish I could have helped her like she unknowingly helped me. Rest in Peace Mindy.

Posted by Anna Case - Zirconia, NC - Fan   February 19, 2013

R.I.P Mindy you will be so missed. Prayers to your sons and family. you are now 10,001 angels.

Posted by Terri Montgomery - amarillo, TX - fan friend   February 19, 2013

Candle

RIP Mindy, You will be sadly missed by all. Prayers for your son's and family.

Posted by Becky Jiles - Sherwood, AR - Fan   February 19, 2013

Candle

I know that you are singing with the angels in heaven now and are at peace. Sending prayers to Tim and Josh & the whole McCready family.

Posted by Charlee Sloan - Nashville, TN   February 18, 2013

Candle

You will be missed....My heart goes out to your family

Posted by Nancy W - Syracuse, NY - fan   February 18, 2013

Candle

Posted by dave hanson - flint, MI   February 18, 2013

Posted by dave hanson - flint, MI   February 18, 2013

Candle

you will be sadly missed i just wish someone wou;d had gotten to you sooner before you did this to yourself Mindy you were certainly loved ny your fans and we will always love ya and miss ya but left with the question why.

Posted by dave hanson - flint, MI - friend   February 18, 2013


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In this Aug. 22, 2006 file photo, Country singer Mindy McCready answers questions outside the courtroom in Franklin, Tenn. McCready was released from jail for violating her probation on a 2004 drug charge. The Williamson County Sheriff's Department says McCready was released Friday morning, Oct. 31, 2008.
Country singer Mindy McCready waves to the crowd as she is introduced at a Nashville Broncs basketball game Nov. 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville police say McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt Dec. 17.
Country singer Mindy McCready waves to the crowd as she is introduced at a Nashville Broncs basketball game Nov. 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville police say McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt Dec. 17.
Country singer Mindy McCready performs at a Nashville Broncs basketball game Nov. 14, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. Nashville police say McCready has been hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt Dec. 17.
In this Nov. 14, 2008 file photo, Country singer Mindy McCready performs, in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37.
In this June 5, 2008 file photo, country music artist Mindy McCready performs at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37.

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