This is just so very, very sad.
Troubled country singer Mindy McCready has reportedly died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Her body was found this morning in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
She was 37 years old.
A source tells E! News that Mindy’s father, Tim McCready had been staying with her until this morning when he returned to Florida. When her father left, “she was in good spirits and seemed to be fine,” our source tells us.
Neighbors heard gunshots at her house and called the police. “She shot herself and the dog,” our source says.
“Things have been hectic. But I’m still here..,” the star tweeted in January.
Just a little over a month ago, McCready’s boyfriend, David Wilson, died at the age of 34 with no cause of death or details surrounding his passing being revealed, however continues to be under investigation.
Shortly afterward, the star’s life began going on a downward spiral.
After denying any involvement with Wilson’s death, McCready’s two children, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9-months-old, were taken from the singer’s Heber Springs, Ark., home by authorities. “Mindy needs to get help and we all care and love her and we want her to get the right help so she can move on. She is in a bad state right now, depressed and unhappy. It is not good,” a source told E! News when the children were removed.
That was the point when McCready was ordered to enter an in-patient facility for treatment. “Since boyfriend (David Wilson) shot himself she has been in bed for 3 wks,” her father said in court documents. “Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children.”
In agreeing to McCready’s “involuntary admission” to an appropriate facility, the judge wrote that “there is cause to find there is clear and convincing evidence that Respondent is in imminent danger of harm to herself or others, suicidal or gravely disabled.”
However, just a day after being ordered by a judge to enter a treatment facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation, the troubled celeb was released to undergo outpatient treatment instead.
Mindy has long battled mental health issues and drug addictions.
This is just absolutely terrible. I feel for her children and her parents. This hits close to home for me, as I’ve experienced the suffering of watching someone extremely close battle depression and mental illness only for it to end so tragically.
Everything about this story is just heartbreaking. It was troubling to watch someone struggle so publicly the way she did. The fact that she took her life isn’t surprising, as I’ve long felt she’s been near that point of no return so often, but it’s no less depressing.
RIP, Mindy. May you find the peace in death that so tragically escaped you in life.