Mindy McCready, a once-promising singer who suffered a series of legal and personal setbacks, has died of an apparent suicide, according to Nashville TV station WZTV and other reports. She was 37 years old.
Mindy, a Florida native, made an impressive debut in 1996 with her album Ten Thousand Angels, which produced the hit title song. Her most popular single, “Guys Do It All the Time,” reached No. 1 in 1996. She appeared headed for stardom until undergoing some serious legal problems.
In 2004, Mindy was arrested in Nashville for using a fake prescription to buy the drug OxyContin. Other troubles included an arrest in Florida in 2007 for battery and resisting arrest. At least two times previously, Mindy had apparently attempted suicide. Mindy also made headlines after she reported having a long affair with baseball pitcher Roger Clemens.
Mindy leaves behind two children, sons Zander and Zayne. Her boyfriend David Wilson died this past January of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Mindy’s last charted single came in 2000 with “Maybe, Maybe Not.” She released an album in 2010 titled I’m Still Here, which failed to produce a chart single.
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