According to multiple news outlets, troubled country singer Mindy McCready is dead at the age of 37. The New York Daily News reports that the singer committed suicide Feb. 17 in Hope Springs, Arkansas with a gun. No further details have yet been released, but an E! News report states that neighbors heard multiple gunshots and reported that McCready shot her dog before turning the gun on herself.
Mindy McCready first achieved prominence on the country charts in 1996 with the release of her first album 'Ten Thousand Angels' which featured the hits 'Guys Do It All the Time' and 'A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girls Gotta Do)' in addition to the title track. With each successive album, Mindy's popularity waned while her personal life seemingly blossomed with a 1997 engagement to actor Dean Cain.
Since her heyday, McCready has been in and out of rehab facilities, appeared on 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,' and attempted suicide multiple times before killing herself today. Her past suicide attempts were largely fueled by drugs and alcoholism as well as associated mental health issues.
Earlier this year, her 34-year old boyfriend, David Wilson, shot himself. While McCready was not mentioned as being under suspicion for the death, it sent her into another tailspin that led to her children being removed from her home and an order for her to undergo treatment at an in-patient facility. When she killed herself, she was still at home and had been in the company of her father until he left the morning of her death. According to reports, it seems Mindy must have shot herself shortly after his departure.