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Mindy McCready: Did Substance Abuse Lead To Suicide?

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On Sunday, at her home in Heber Springs, AK, former country star Mindy McCready took her own life in an apparent suicide. Authorities report McCready died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot to the head. She was only 37, and left behind two young sons. An autopsy is in the works but questions are being raised as to why the star followed through with this last suicide attempt.

Mental Health Issues

This wasn’t the first time she had attempted suicide. McCready had attempted suicide at least three times since 2005, as she struggled with substance abuse and other mental health issues. “It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time,” she said of her life when speaking to the Associated Press. “I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos. It’s just always been like that. My entire life things have been attracted to me and vice versa that turn into chaotic nightmares or I create the chaos myself. I think that’s really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality.”

History Of Substane Abuse And Pain

Her untimely death comes only a month after her longtime boyfriend and father of her youngest son, David Wilson, passed. He is also believed to have committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the exact same porch of the home they shared in Heber Springs. He was reported to have battled his own fight with addiction and ended up leaving rehab earlier than advised prior to his death.

McCready expressed her sorrow last month about his death, calling him her soul mate in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show. “I just keep telling myself that the more suffering that I go through, the greater character I’ll have,” she said, according to a transcript of the interview.

Billy McKnight, who was in a long, unhealthy relationship with McCready and is the father of her oldest child, released a statement to the Associated Press stating, “She was in a terrible state of mind. She doesn’t perform anymore. She wasn’t working. She has two kids and her fiancé was just killed. There’s no way she should be out by herself in a lonely house with nothing but booze and pills. That was a really, really bad mistake, and the end result is tragic.”

Melinda Gayle McCready first arrived in Nashville, TN and hit the country scene in 1994. Still in her teens, she earned a recording contract with BNA Records and scored her first No. 1 hit almost immediately.“Guys Do It All the Time,” released in 1996 touched the hearts of millions of women across the nation. “Ten Thousand Angels,” was also a huge hit; the album sold 2 million copies.

McCready showed her strong side in the midst of a personal turmoil. Her fans drew closer to her. Unfortunately, the complicated internal struggles that she was facing ultimately kept resurfacing in the last 10 years of her life. It’s unclear what true circumstances led to her death, but it appears she was struggling again with substance abuse and the custody of her children.

Substance abuse issues, depression, and mental health disorders do not have to go on untreated. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or mental health problems, please contact us today at 1-800-861-1768. It is a life and death situation and no one should have to suffer alone.

Written By: Watershed Ashling

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