Just before 4 PM yesterday, 37-year-old Mindy McCready was found on the front porch of her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas and pronounced dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the same porch her boyfriend was found less than a month ago after an apparent suicide.
Mindy’s body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and criminal investigation. Reports say she killed her dog before taking her own life. Thankfully her two children, age’s 6-years and 9-months were not with her at the time. Mindy had been in a treatment facility for drugs and mental evaluation but released Feb. 10 on an outpatient program. Twice in 05 Mindy attempted suicide and she tried again in 08. In 2010 she over-dosed on pain killers. Carrie Underwood tweeted, “I grew up listening to Mindy, so sad for her family,” and John Rich, “we were friends, such a tragic end to a talented life.”
I interviewed her many times when she first came on the scene and she was a very sweet girl, this is so very sad and tragic.
Many stars took to Twitter to express their sorrow...
“Just heard about Mindy McCready. My thoughts and prayers are with her 2 boys and her family.” – Jason Aldean
“Very sad to hear about Mindy McCready. When I was in Lonestar she was our label mate and we were friends. A tragic end to a talented life.” – John Rich
“Hate hearing about anyone committing suicide. May Mindy McCready rest in peace… #sosad” – Jerrod Niemann
“My heart is breaking hearing of the loss of Mindy McCready. Pray for her 2 precious little boys…may God’s peace & protection be on them!” – Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott
“So sad to hear about the loss of Mindy. What an insanely talented woman.” - Jana Kramer
“My love and prayers go out to Mindy Mccreedy’s family.” – Darius Rucker
“A sad loss of talent…Mindy McCready. 10,001 angels” - Steel Magnolia
“Prayers out to Mindy McCready’s 2 boys, family and loved ones.” – Rodney Atkins
“R.I.P. Mindy McCready. Sad.” – Kevin Fowler
“My heart goes out to Mindy McCready’s family. I knew her well. It’s a horribly tragedy. May peace be with her sons.” – LeAnn Rimes
“Our prayers go out to Mindy McCready’s family and her two little boys, what a sad, sad day.” – Montgomery Gentry
Justin Moore told me his OCD makes him do weird things and his wife thinks he’s a freak. He’ll be standing in a dark bedroom and has to touch the light switch to make sure it’s off.
Tim McGraw says his daughters think he’s the most uncool guy they know - especially when he dances. Living in a house full of women, Tim says, “I try not to say too much. If you say too much, you get yourself deeper and deeper into trouble!”
Finally - Miranda Lambert will be a guest judge on ‘Project Runway,’ Feb. 21 on Lifetime.