February 18, 2013

Country singer dead in apparent suicide

Mindy McCready, 37, topped the charts with 'Guys Do It All the Time' and 'Ten Thousand Angels' before personal problems sidetracked her career.

Chris Talbott and Jeannie Nuss / The Associated Press

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In this undated file photo, country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday with what appears to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Cleburne County, Ark., Sheriff's Office.

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With a publicist, reporters, cameras, makeup artists and musicians swirling around her during a press day for her last album, "I'm Still Here," McCready fended off questions about a sex tape and said she and Wilson started out as friends.

"And I've never had a relationship like that before where we started completely as friends," she said. "It turned into friends really caring about each other and then it turned into love and I've never had that happen before."

At the time, Pinsky thought the relationship was on the right track: "She's an easy person to like and to care about and we hope she does well. So far so good as far as I can tell."

McCready said her main goal in 2010 was to pull her family back together: "I would like my son back with me and for my brothers and I and he to be able to go and do this (TV reality show), and I think after that I will be a pretty happy girl."

The new album debuted at No. 71 and failed to gain radio airplay. McCready's plans never materialized and she soon was in legal trouble again, this time fighting for custody.

McCready took her older son from her mother, the boy's legal guardian, in late 2011. She fled to Arkansas without permission over what she called child abuse fears. Authorities eventually found McCready hiding in a home without permission and took the boy into custody.

She and Wilson had their son in April 2012.

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