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Monday, February 18 2013, 04:11 PM CST
Singer Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, ARKANSAS - by CHRIS TALBOTT and JEANNIE NUSS/The Associated Press


Perhaps there was one heartbreak too many for Mindy McCready.


Watch KFDM News at 6 for reaction to McCready's death, including discussion from an organization that works with people who need treatment for depression.


The former country star appears to have taken her own life Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities say McCready died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head and an autopsy is planned. She was 37, the mother of two young sons.



If confirmed, it was at least her fourth suicide attempt since 2005, ending a series of tumultuous public events that marked much of the singer’s adult life.


Speaking to The Associated Press in 2010, McCready smiled wryly while talking about the string of issues she’d dealt with over the last half-decade.


“It is a giant whirlwind of chaos all the time,” she said of her life. “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.”


This time it seems the whirlwind overwhelmed McCready. Her death comes a month after that of David Wilson, her longtime boyfriend and the father of her youngest son. He is believed to have shot himself on the same porch of the home they shared in the small wooded community of large lakefront houses about 65 miles north of Little Rock, Ark., and his death also was investigated as a suicide.


It was the most difficult moment in a life full of them. McCready issued a statement last month lamenting his death. And she called him her soul mate and a caregiver to her sons 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.


Like so many times before, McCready showed a little toughness in the midst of a personal storm, again endearing herself to her fans. But as usual, the brave face for the camera hid a much more complicated internal struggle that surfaced publicly time and again over the last 10 years.


This time, along with her remembrances of finding Wilson as he lay dying, she also answered questions about whether they’d argued earlier that evening about an affair and if she’d shot him. “Oh, my God,” the “Today” transcript reads. “No. Oh, my God. No. He was my life. We were each other‘s life.”


It’s unclear what circumstances led to McCready taking her own life, but it appears she was struggling again with twin issues that have persisted for years—substance abuse and the custody of her children. She checked into court-ordered rehab and gave her children up to foster care earlier this month after her father asked a judge to intervene, saying she’d stopped taking care of herself and her sons and was abusing alcohol and prescription drugs.


It’s not clear where her sons, 6-year-old Zander and infant Zayne, were Sunday.


A deputy stationed outside McCready’s home Sunday night referred questions to the Cleburne County sheriff, who was unavailable. Yellow crime-scene tape cordoned off the front yard and a dark-colored pickup truck sat in the driveway.


News of McCready’s death spread quickly Sunday night on Twitter, with major country stars paying their respects to the onetime Nashville darling.


“Too much tragedy to overcome. R.I.P Mindy McCready,” wrote Natalie Maines of The Dixie Chicks.


And Carrie Underwood added: “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready...so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them...”


Melinda Gayle McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 still in her teens with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records. She had a few memorable moments professionally, scoring her first No. 1 hit almost immediately.


“Guys Do It All the Time,” a self-assured dig at male chauvinism, endeared her to female fans in 1996. She also scored a hit with “Ten Thousand Angels,” and her album of that title sold 2 million copies.


Beyond that, though, she’s mostly remembered for a string of dramatic moments as she spent the next 15 years chasing another huge hit. Her problems included a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons, arrests, overdoses and discord in her love life.


She made headlines in April 2008 when she claimed a longtime relationship with baseball great Roger Clemens. Published reports at the time said she met the pitcher at a Florida karaoke bar when she was 15 and he was 28 and married. Clemens denied the relationship. A decade earlier she was engaged to actor Dean Cain, but the two never married.


She also had a turbulent relationship with Billy McKnight, a country singer who is the father of her oldest son. McKnight was arrested in 2005 on charges of attempted murder after authorities say he beat and choked her.


During this period she also pleaded guilty to obtaining the painkiller OxyContin fraudulently at a pharmacy and got probation.


She violated the probation with a drunken driving arrest in May 2005, a few days before McKnight was arrested. And in July 2007, she was arrested in her hometown of Fort Myers, Fla., on misdemeanor charges of scratching her mother, Gayle Inge, on the face during a scuffle and resisting sheriff’s deputies.


Less than a year later, McCready was arrested and charged with violating her probation by falsifying her community service records relating to the 2004 drug charge. A month later, she entered an extended care facility for undisclosed treatment, and followed that with a 60-day jail sentence. Inge took custody of Zander.


There were at least three suicide attempts between July 2005 and December 2008.


She tried to get help in an unusual way, joining the cast of “Celebrity Rehab 3” with Dr. Drew Pinsky. McCready came off as a sympathetic figure during the show’s run. Pinsky called her an “angel” and in an interview in 2010 said it appeared McCready was doing “rather well.”


Pinsky helped treat McCready for love addiction on the show and said he’d referred her to professionals who could continue to help her afterward.


“A love addict basically is somebody that really didn’t have a good model for intimacy in their childhood, often times traumatized in one way or another, thereby intimacy becomes a risk place, becomes an intolerable place,” Pinsky said. “And so what they tend to do is attach themselves to idealized, bigger than life, unavailable others, specifically go after some public figure that’s married or go after some rock star who is himself a sex addict and not interested in a relationship, and then idealize that person and actively pursue them to the point of obsession.”


McCready suffered a seizure in one of the show’s scarier moments. Test showed she has suffered brain damage, something she attributed to her abusive relationship with McKnight.


McCready is the fifth celebrity to pass away since appearing on Pinsky’s show and the third from Season 3. Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr and “Real World” participant Joey Kovar both died due to overdose. In the months after her stint, she said she found some peace and told The Associated Press in early 2010 she hoped to get her career restarted, write a book about her experiences and begin production on a reality show with her brothers. She’d just met Wilson and talked openly about their relationship, though the producer and musician declined to speak on the record.


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,” Pinsky said. “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.


Music Writer Chris Talbott reported from Nashville, Tenn.


Associated Press writer Tamara Lush contributed to this report from Tampa, Fla.

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BISD board set to vote on massive job cuts, closure of school

Anonymous person replaces slashed tires

Click here for live stream of BISD meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday

Orangefield Junior High School vandalized

Proposal suggests using closed school to house undocumented immigrant children

Four swim to shore after towboat collision near Bolivar

Southeast Texans enjoy lunch at the Lake

Officers investigating truck fire on I-10

PAFD: Driver freed after trapped in burning car following collision with house

(Update) Baby at center of Amber Alert found crying in tall grass

Tires slashed in senior center parking lot

Tires slashed in senior living center parking lot

First Baptist Church breaks ground

Teacher says she was cut before BISD board votes on RIF

Thousands celebrate Juneteenth

Beaumont's first Pride event draws hundreds

Two overnight fires send two to hospital

Budget still a focus for board president

Sea Rim State Park reopens

A new opportunity for aspiring Southeast Texas teachers

KFDM learns judge has denied Temporary Injunction to BISD

ATPE's Beaumont president issues statement about judge's decision to deny BISD Temporary Injunction

Click here to read the ruling denying a Temporary Injunction to BISD

BISD lead attorney in Injunction case releases statement to KFDM about judge's ruling

Community could learn more about whether water park and hotel could open at Ford Park

People turn out for cops and kids picnic

Restaurant Report Card: June 20, 2014

TEA Commissioner, BISD trustee respond to ruling

DA responds to court ruling denying BISD Temporary Injunction

LIVE: Circus comes to town

Sea Rim State Park officially reopens

Conservator orders BISD to allow public comment before Monday's vote on massive personnel cuts

Pilot makes emergency landing in parking lot

Update: Orange Police release name of woman killed in traffic accident

Canceled meeting doesn't stop protesters

Southeast Texas veterans facing wait times & red tape

Bridal store taking extra precautions

LIVE: Board member discusses canceled meeting

KFDM learns all BISD meetings canceled Thursday

Criminal D.A. says BISD board cannot take action on RIF decisions at Thursday board meeting

Austin judge working on decision regarding possible state takeover of BISD

Runoff election coming up and early voting continues

Pride committee members speak about upcoming event

Justice of the Peace IDs deceased woman found in submerged car

BISD superintendent wants principals/directors in first two rows for tonight's meeting

BISD board scheduled to vote on massive job cuts

Man says apartment complex manager called his flag 'threat to Muslim community'

Teachers rally to save jobs

LSC-PA has new president

Tax abatements could determine if jobs and plant come to Port Arthur

New Black Panther leader says BISD superintendent must go

Kids explore bubbles at Beaumont community center

New Chik-fil-A to open in Beaumont

Spindletop Boomtown Museum holding second annual Great Outdoors Day

LGBTQIA calendar events

Man sentenced to life in prison in connection with pool hall robbery

Inaugural Pride preparations underway

Quanell X speaks in front of BISD admininstration building

Two men charged in Austin with providing support to terrorists

Patent Office cancels Redkins trademark, says name is 'disparaging of Native Americans'

KFDM learns Quanell X to hold news conference in support of fired BISD Purchasing Director Naomi Lawrence-Lee

Preacher arrested for marijuana possession

Attorneys for TEA, BISD argue cases in Austin

Is teaching stranger danger enough?

Master electrician gives possible cause for electrical accident

Street drugs in Jefferson County more prolific and powerful

LIVE: Judge weighing evidence in BISD hearing

Crime Stoppers: June 17, 2014

Jefferson County District Attorney's Office: Certain BISD meeting items in violation of Texas Government Code

Click here for live stream of BISD hearing

Judge Adams denies Jessie Haynes request for new trial

Two contractors doing electrical work shocked in Hardin County

BISD Temporary Injunction hearing assigned to Judge Stephen Yelenosky in Travis County

Students rally in support of BISD teachers outside Travis County Courthouse

LIVE: BISD hearing to begin Tuesday morning in Austin

KFDM learns of additional proposed BISD layoffs

Education Commissioner, others react to Record Review decision in BISD case

LIVE: Community reacts to Record Review decision in BISD case

Former Beaumont Mayor Maury Meyers is remembered

One dead following fatal Kountze auto accident

Judge sentences man to life for robbery, sexual assault

Authorities continue to investigate fatal Vidor fire

TEA upholds decision to appoint conservator, lower accreditation for BISD

Remembering Maury Meyers

Bystander shoots suspected robber outside nightclub

Elderly Vidor woman dies in fire

BISD students taking message to Austin

Texas Energy Museum Wind & Art Exhibit for children

Students take budget into their own hands

Nederland Little League says goodbye to baseball field

Driver flees police officer in Orange, dies in rollover

Authorities investigate crashes on Interstate-10

Controlled burn at McFaddin Wildlife Refuge creates smoky skies

Learn more about BISD's temporary injunction

One injured in Lumberton wreck Friday night

Drug operation may have targeted young adults

BISD's temporary injunction hearing moved to Tuesday

Arrests made in Jefferson Co. home invasion case

Man who carried gun through Parkdale Mall attends court hearing

Cantor's defeat and the future of immigration reform

New BPD officers sworn in

Man taken into custody in connection with warrant, evading arrest

Five-year-old honorary BPD officer takes oath

Local priest honored for 70 years of ministry

Hundreds take part in Calder Twilight 5k

Deputies arrest suspects in home invasion with elderly woman victimized

Deputies uncover indoor marijuana operation

Police chase copper theft suspect

BISD says it's trying to bring more financial accountability

BISD student movement growing thanks to Twitter

BISD board trustee's son indicted on two counts of attempted capital murder

3 former candidates for BISD board allowed to intervene in election case

Beaumont man sentenced to life without parole in capital murder case

Local 13-year-old on the road to recovery

Vehicles caught fire in Groves; mechanical issue maybe to blame

Scholarships in honor of fallen BPD officer Bryan Hebert

Summer lunch program in Beaumont for BISD students

Fish fry today will help Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation

PAPD releases name of drowning victim

80-year-old man driving wrong way on Highway 90 killed in collision

5K in Old Town area in Beaumont could affect your driving

Symphony gets new Executive Director

Road Trippin' Business Destinations

KFDM Listens: June 12, 2014, Beaumont first gay pride parade

Dad facing charges after toddler accidentally shoots self in Humble-area home

BISD administration comes under attack for budget woes

BISD student protests gaining traction

KFDM obtains document that sheds new information on planned cutbacks in BISD

I Have a Dream scholarship program

"Operation Storm Ready" draws Southeast Texans

Restaurant Report: June 13, 2014

18-wheeler accidents tie-up traffic for hours

Preparing for hurricane season

Two vehicles involved in fatal accident

Body found in connection with reported drowning

PAPD investigating possible drowning

Beaumont Art League and local Humane Society team up

Wreck slows I-10 East traffic from Winne into Jefferson County

Is BISD appointment of Interim Special Education Director nepotism?

Tattoo shop owner fighting fine arts cuts in BISD

Volunteers sworn in to be voice for abused, neglected children

New Groves police and municipal building opens

LIVE: Feature film shot in Southeast Texas about show

Crime Stoppers: June 10, 2014

Lightning sparks fire

Testimony underway in capital murder trial

Coast Guard rescues 12-year-old boy drifting from shore off Bolivar Peninsula

Jefferson County man pleads guilty to federal income tax violations

Gunman tries to rob Walgreens in Port Arthur

Sheriff's Office: Shooting at Oregon high school; suspect confirmed dead

Pictures: Lightning sparks oil storage tank fire

Lightning sparks oil storage tank fire; one firefighter suffers minor burns

BISD board delays vote on job cuts

Bond project starting in Silsbee ISD

Teachers' group issues statement about BISD

Salvation Army offering summer activities

Port Neches changes water park to accomodate visitors

Man run over by tractor in Hardin County

Someone fires shots into PA home; misses occupants

BISD students planning to protest on Monday

Elderly Hardin County couple escapes fire, loses home

Names released in fatal Orange County shooting

BISD worries take back seat for many during graduations

Students, others protest BISD proposed cuts at graduation

Teen crashes into an emergency medical center in Lumberton

TEA deputy commissioner weighed arguments in BISD record review

RAW VIDEO: Excerpt 4 from BISD record review

RAW VIDEO: Excerpt 3 from BISD record review

RAW VIDEO: Excerpt 2 from BISD record review

WWII veteran remembers D-Day

Port Neches drowning victim identified

Local construction safety seminar

BISD superintendent to propose more cost-saving measures

RAW VIDEO: Surveillance footage of Wells Fargo bank robber

Dr. Timothy Chargois says he will not identify special education staff involved in the reduction in force

Transgender teacher out of a job again

Property owners protest new appraised values

FBI: Dogs seized after evidence of dog-fighting found at Beaumont home

Anayat House held ribbon cutting to open new house

Hardin County Rotary Club presents students with books for the summer

Local play about miners trapped in the dark opens Friday, June 5

Beaumont teachers protest job cuts

Human smuggling in SETX

BISD Communications director Jessie Haynes' paid leave amount

BISD's ripple effect on the Beaumont housing market

Ehrhart School breaks ground on new building

Police still searching for Wells Fargo bank robber

100 Years of Broadway

Parents address concerns with special ed program

Justin Hinton reports live on Wells Fargo Bank robbery

Beaumont teachers ask Education Commissioner to block RIF

Reaction to NRA's criticism of TX open carry group

Port Arthur ISD hiring more than 50 teachers

Accused robber of the elderly may face additional charges by week's end

Woman's ex-boyfriend charged with Kountze murder

Nederland restaurant burglary focus of Crime Stoppers report

Beaumont PD releases pictures of bank robber

KFDM obtains copy of letter in which BISD announces June 30 as expected final RIF notification date

Person of interest in custody in connection with fatal shooting

Words of warning after Groves robbery

Crystal Boyett released from jail on bond

Judge sentences man to life for killing aunt

Commissioners get update on airport development

BISD record review scheduled for Friday

KFDM's special investigation into qualifications of BISD teachers

KFDM obtains Dr. Chargois' letter sent Friday to principals, supervisors

Metal thefts rampant in Port Arthur

HFISD elementary grateful for community support

Beaumont-area organ donors remembered

Local teachers union: list already compiled of teachers to be cut even before school board voted

LIVE REPORT: Teachers protest looming cuts

Air quality improving in Port Arthur

$68 million I-10 project could impact businesses

Philpott Motors in Nederland donated thousands of dollars Thursday to Southeast Texas non-profit organizations

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office honored those who help educate about dangers of drinking and driving

PAISD students encouraged by public servants

Layoffs loom for BISD employees, Board votes Thursday

Teen speaks out about writing hit list

Jurors find man guilty of sexually assaulting, kidnapping, and robbing a woman

Pursuit leads to 350 lbs of marijuana

Special Olympics competition in Port Arthur

Jefferson County election results

Orange County election results

Hardin County election results

Tyler County election results

Thief caught on camera stealing donations from Salvation Army

Candidates and voters brave the rain

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