The country star Mindy McCready was found dead at her home in in Heber Springs, a town west of Memphis and north of Little Rock. According to the local sheriff’s office, the singer died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Cleburne County (Ark.) Sheriff Marty Moss confirmed that police officers arrived at McCready’s home Sunday about 3:30 p.m. after reports of gun shots.
The deputies found “Ms. McCready deceased, from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.”
Mr Moss went on, adding that the singer’s body will be taken to a state crime lab in Little Rock and that her death is still under investigation, reports The New York Daily News.
McCready’s brother had confirmed the death of his famous sister on Sunday, but did not reveal any additional information: “I don’t have a lot of details,” Josh McCready said.
It’s rumored that their father Tim had just left Heber Springs this weekend. The country music star had been living in the rural Arkansas town for the last year.
McCready leaves behind two children, one of whom is 10 months old. Their father, record producer David Wilson, died under mysterious circumstances at the couple’s home last month.
Mindy has earlier be reported to struggle with addiction and mental illness. She even appeared in an episode of “Celebrity Rehab” three years ago with Dr. Drew Pinsky, who said he contacted her last month after her boyfriend’s death.
“When I heard she was struggling, I did reach out to her and urged her to go to take care of herself, get in a facility if she felt she needed,” said Pinsky, who hosts his own program.
“Her biggest fear was the stigma of doing so and what people would think if she, God forbid, took care of herself. And this to me is the most distressing part of this story. She is a lovely woman, we have lost her, and it didn’t have to go down like this.”
Country music stars expressed their condolences after learning news of McCready’s death, CNN writes.
“I grew up listening to Mindy McCready … so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them,” tweeted singer Carrie Underwood.
“It breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life,” singer Wynonna Judd wrote in a series of tweets. “Addiction is a disEASE & not a character flaw. When the pain becomes too much, it causes people to want that pain to stop. This is just so unbelieveable & so sad.”
A year ago, Mindy posted excerpts of her upcoming biography. She wrote of a difficult upbringing, personal problems and the challenges she faced turning her life around.
“I haven’t had a hit in almost a decade,” she wrote in January 2012 on her official fan website. “I’ve spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. I’ve been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed, and evicted.”
She added: “But I’m still here. With a handful of people that I know and trust, a revived determination, and both middle fingers up in the air, I’m ready. I’ve been here before. I’m a fighter. I’m down, but I’ll never be out.”