Mindy McCready – the chart-topping country star whose turbulent life played out in the public eye – died on Saturday of an apparent suicide. She was 37. McCready hit her stride early, penning a record deal at the age of 18 and making a huge impact on the charts, but was later plagued by substance abuse and tumultuous relationships. McCready appeared on a season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010, dealing with her issues upfront. McCready’s boyfriend David Wilson was found dead on January 13th, about a month before the singer’s death. Via Billboard:

“At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”

Carrie Underwood responded to McCready’s untimely passing.

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