Gone Too Soon: Celebrities in Memoriam

Country singer Mindy McCready died at age 37 after an apparent suicide. We take a look at the shocking early deaths of some of our favorite stars (17 Photos)

Christine Fenno on Feb 19, 2013 at 10:34AM

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Gone Too Soon: Celebrities in Memoriam

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Mindy McCready

At the age of 37, country singer Mindy McCready died after committing suicide in her Heber Springs, Ark., home on Feb. 17. "Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound," the Cleburne County sheriff's department said in a statement. In recent years, McCready's life had been overshadowed by her personal struggles. Just last month, she was committed to a treatment facility to cope with mental health and alcohol issues after the apparent suicide of her life partner, singer-songwriter David Wilson, who was also the father of her 10-month-old son Zayne. Despite a promising start to her career (her 1996 album Ten Thousand Angels went platinum), the singer has been plagued with legal troubles for almost a decade. In 2004, she was charged with prescription drug fraud after illegally obtaining Oxycontin and served three years of probation. The subsequent year, she was charged with DUI and driving with a suspended license. Two suicide attempts (including when she was pregnant with 6-year-old son Zander, with ex Billy McKnight), several months in prison in 2007 (from a probation violation after resisting arrest and committing battery during an argument with her mother) and a 2009 appearance on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew followed. In 2011, during a continued custody battle with McKnight, she fled Florida for Arkansas with Zander. “My life hasn’t really ever made sense to me because I do know what kind of person I am, and I do know that I try to be as good a person as I can possibly be every day,” McCready told NBC’s Andrea Canning in January.

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