COUNTRY music star Mindy McCready has reportedly committed suicide, aged 37.
McCready’s brother confirmed to the New York Daily news that she died on Sunday night.
TMZ reports the singer shot herself – and her dog – on the front porch of her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
The Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office released a statement confirming they had “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. McCready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”
McCready had two young boys, six and nine months.
Tragically, the singer’s death comes just a month after her boyfriend and the father of her youngest son, record producer David Wilson, was found dead in his home.
Wilson also reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on January 13.
McCready was forced to deny any involvement in his death and her two sons were removed from her care during this time.
She was said to be struggling with the death of her “soulmate”.
In recent years the star has struggled with mental health and alcohol abuse for several years and reportedly tried to commit suicide several times before. She was admitted to hospital in 2008 for slitting her wrists.
The singer recorded a total of five studio albums during her career, and notched up twelve singles on the Billboard country charts.
She was very successful in the Nineties, with her 1996 album Ten Thousand Angels being certified as a two times multi-platinum record.
In 1997, McCready became engaged to actor Dean Cain, who had been playing the lead role in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The engagement ended the next year.