Country star Mindy McCready dies of apparent suicide


12:55 PM February 18th, 2013

February 18th, 2013 12:55 PM

In this May 12, 2005 file photo, country singer Mindy McCready reacts as she testifies in Davidson County General Sessions court as part of a preliminary hearing for William McKnight, 38, her former boyfriend, who is charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary 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. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, Larry McCormack, File)

WASHINGTON – US country singer Mindy McCready has died of an apparent suicide, US authorities said Sunday.

Police found the 37-year-old – whose songs included “Guys Do It All the Time” – dead on the porch of a house in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

The officer had been dispatched to the scene Sunday afternoon due to a report of gun shots.

“Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said a statement from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office.

The singer – identified in the statement as Melinda Gayle McCready – is survived by two sons, one of whom is 10 months old, CNN reported, adding that the baby’s father, record producer David Wilson, died of an apparent suicide last month.

Police said an autopsy would be carried out and that “the matter will be fully investigated.”

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