Deputies were sent to a home around 4 p.m. and found her body on the front porch. No further details were available.
McCready was at the top of the country charts, but her irresponsible behavior sidetracked her career and ultimately claimed the country stars life.
McCready blasted onto the scene in 1996 with her debut album “Ten Thousand Angels,” which was certified 2× Multi-Platinum by the RIAA and her 1997 album “If I Don't Stay the Night,” went on the be certified Gold.
The embattled singer was no stranger to controversy and heartache.
She was engaged to actor Dean Cain in 1997, leading to a break up the following year.
In 2005 McCready’s ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, was arrested and charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her. That same year she was hospitalized after attempting suicide in a hotel. In September of 2005 it was discovered that she was pregnant with McKnight’s child, attempting suicide for a second time by overdosing on antidepressants.
Again in 2008, paramedics were called to McCready's Nashville home after another apparent suicide attempt. First responders found wounds around her wrist area and transported her to a local hospital.
McCready appeared in the third season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2010. She made an appearance on “The View,” to talk about her appearance on the show.
A pornographic videotape of McCready surfaced with ex-boyfriend “Peter,” going on sale by Vivid Entertainment in 2010.
In 2011 McCready was found hiding in a closet with her five year old son Zander in an unoccupied summer home. Her mother, Gayle Inge, who was Zander’s legal guardian at the time reported the pair missing days before.
It’s a tragic story with a very tragic ending.
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