REPORT: MINDY MCCREADY DEAD OF APPARENT SUICIDE

February 18, 2013, 2:35 pm Wendy Geller Yahoo!7 Music

According to various media sources, including E! Online, The Wrap, and TMZ, troubled country Mindy McCready, age 37, has died of an apparent suicide, the result of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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According to E!, McCready shot herself and her dog. Her body was reportedly found at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, after neighbours heard gunshots and called the police.McCready leaves behind two children, 6-year-old Zander and 9-month-old Zayne. Her death comes just a little more than a month after the death of her boyfriend, songwriter David Wilson, age 34. Wilson's death is still under investigation.

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McCready's tragic death follows a recent commitment to rehab and her children being removed from her home. A petition filed by McCready's father revealed serious issues in the singer's life, including alcohol and prescription drug abuse, as well as erratic behaviour. According to a report from E!, who exclusively obtained the file, Tim McCready attested that his daughter had taken to her bed since the death of her boyfriend last month. "Sleeps all day," he reported. "Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs."Furthermore, McCready's dad detailed that his daughter was refusing to bathe, was not taking care of her two young sons, and was acting violently."Screams about everything," he recorded. "Trying to hit father. Is not making any sense of any conversations with anyone." The elder McCready also noted that Mindy was "very verbally abusive" to her older son.The judge in the case responded to this by ordering admission to an inpatient facility for up to three weeks, stating: "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." E! additionally reported that Tim McCready's former son-in-law, Billy McKnight -- who is Zander's father -- filed motions in family court a week ago seeking detailed investigation into Mindy's ability to care for their son. Both of McCready's children were subsequently taken into custody by state family services.Interestingly, E! reports that a source tells E! that Mindy's father had been staying with her at her Arkansas home until Sunday morning. When he left, "she was in good spirits and seemed to be fine," a source told the site.Related: Mindy McCready denies killing boyfriendWendy Geller writes for Yahoo! Music

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