On Monday, America woke up to the shock of a lost country music icon.
Mindy McCready, the recording artist responsible for hits like, “Guys Do It All the Time” and “A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do),” was found dead at her home on Sunday. The cause of death is being reported as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
CNN relayed a statement by Cleburne County Sheriff's Office. McCready’s body was discovered on the porch of her Arkansas house.
The singer leaves behind two sons—Zander, 6, and Zayne, just 10 months. Zayne’s father, record producer David Wilson, died last month in an apparent suicide. That case is currently still under investigation.
While her motives remain unclear, McCready had long battled mental illness and addiction. In 2009, she appeared on a season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”
Since Wilson's death, things were spiraling out of control for the star.
She suffered severe depression to the point that her children needed to be removed from her home. McCready was ordered to enter an in-patient treatment facility.
At that point, her father’s account painted the picture of a broken soul. “[She] sleeps all day,” he said in court docs. “Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children.”
“Things have been hectic. But I'm still here..” McCready tweeted last month.
Hearing the heartbreaking news, fellow country singer Carrie Underwood tweeted: “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready ... so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them.”