Monday, February 18, 2013

Mindy McCready Has Died

Mindy McCready, the former country star apparently took her own life Sunday afternoon in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities say McCready died of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot to the head and an autopsy is planned. She was 37, the mother of two young sons. I am grateful that her two sons were out of the house and had been taken by authorities. Mindy is believed to have killed her dog prior to killing herself. On February 6th, her children were taken away and placed with their maternal grandmother. Mindy was forced to enter a mental health facility, but was released two days later. Authorities have still not determined whether Mindy killed her boyfriend or whether he killed himself.

91 comments:

Mitchellaneous said...

I was sad, but not at all shocked when I heard this.

HolidayinCambodia said...

Now, you can reveal all the blinds about her.

Not shocked, either.

LottaColada said...

If ever there were a downward spiral, Mindy's is one of the quickest I've seen.

Those poor kids! I'd like to think it's actually a good thing they were away from their mother at this difficult time in her life, although some could argue it could've been a causing factor. I think she killed herself on the same porch where her b/f died. Maybe she just couldn't handle the grief.

RIP Mindy.

FSP said...

I think she killed her boyfriend. Now we'll never know for certain. I also find it intriguing when a female takes her own life with a gun. It's usually something less violent.

smiley said...

Sad for her kids. I was really hoping she would have pulled herself together.

MISCH said...

I agree all my prayers are for her kids....

greenmountaingal said...

This is so sad. I hope she's able to rest in peace.

surfer said...

This makes me so sad - she really struggled, and her boyfriend dying seems to have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

I also think about how she has left her children motherless, and the baby (nine months!) without either parent.

And FSP, I too, thought the same thing. That's not the way women usually choose to go out.

KLM said...

Thank god her kids weren't there... What an awful spiral she was on. My thoughts are with her children, who will now get to deal with this for the rest of their lives.

S.joy said...

I didn't know much about her until a few weeks ago... did some research and her story is so tragic, breaks my heart. I really feel for her boys :-(

O'Really said...

Incredibly sad. May she finally be at peace.

dee123 said...

Very sad indeed.

Renoblondee said...

My thoughts too FSP. I'm glad her kids weren't there. So sad.

Karen said...

Like Mitchellaneous, I was sad but not surprised. I used to love her so much and so many of her songs spoke to me. I still sing them randomly around the house.

It's sad, but I bet that her sons will be better off. And her poor dog! :( May they rest in peace.

Portland Foodie said...

Why on earth did she have access to a gun in her condition? Very sad.

SashaJames2 said...

Really broke my heart to hear it. Not sure why she was released so early from where she was sectioned, that might have saved her life.

Barton Fink said...

When I saw the news last night, my two thoughts were: Let us not speak ill of the dead. And didn't she just murder her boyfriend?

twunty said...

You have to wonder how much her concussions affected her ability to cope mentally with everything that has happened. I remember the seizure she had on Celebrity Rehab that may have been caused by having her head repeatedly slammed into a headboard by one of her abusive ex-boyfriends.

Did she tread into Seau territory? We may never know.

Amber said...

@FSP - I agree. Usually it's pills or slitting wrists. When I read this this morning I kind of just though, "Huh. Can't say I'm surprised." I had the same reaction when I found out Amy Winehouse died.

Pen-a-lope said...

She looked beautiful in that picture. I think Dr. Drew needs to hang up his recovery mission. How many have died now? Five I think. Not a good track record.

auntliddy said...

She was such an unhappy, tormented person. Hope shes easier in the next world. All good wishes for her children.

bobbi_1025 said...

It is my understanding that she was ordered into an inpatient treatment but the day before she was to enter the judge changed it to outpatient.

SusanB said...

I also suspect she killed her boyfriend. If so, perhaps justice was served in a roundabout fashion. Either way, her poor kids. Hopefully the rest of her family is stable enough to care for them properly.

ChiSammi said...

I read somewhere that she shot her dog as well...so I have zero sympathy for this moron. I also just realized that this is also the plot point in the worst country song ever.

Susan said...

I feel so bad for the children. I don't understand why the oldest is in child services if his father is alive and well. From what I gathered last night, the father of her first child has been in and out of jail. I also read that the second child's father was arrested a few weeks before his death.

I feel like a patronizing asshole for saying this, but why do grown-ass adults who can't get their own shit together reproduce? Mindy tried to commit suicide WHILE pregnant. That's just crazy.

She's tried to commit suicide multiple times so I guess this is what she wanted.

I hope someone stable in the family gets those kids. Or a lovely adoptive family.

Gina said...

It is very sad, but I think that the hardest part is the helplessness in a situation like this. She was offered help and maybe they should have made her stay (doesn't matter now) but no matter how much WE want them to get help if THEY don't want it, in the end there is nothing we can do.

Steampunk Jazz said...

I'm surprised that no one has brought up the possibility that Post Partum Depression had an influence on ALL of this Sadness. RIP.

Mischievous Angel said...

That was the part that took my sympathy, also. If she killed the dog, what is the possibility she would have killed her children if they had been there.
I do understand the downward spiral of depression. There were times I did want to kill myself. I would think everyone would be better off without me. Then, I would think of my children. They saved my life just by being.

Susan said...

Steampunk - Yes. I totally agree with you. It just baffles my brain that she attempted suicide while pregnant also.

I would love to know why the judge ruled that outpatient treatment would suffice.

Thank god her children were not in the house. I could only imagine...

LottaColada said...

@Pen-a-lope- Mindy is the 3rd one to die just from her season after Mike Starr and Joey Kovar.

O'Really said...

I thought about that too, Steampunk. I think it's possible her mental illness was compounded by PPD.

Pen-a-lope, I agree that's a beautiful photo. I'm glad Enty posted it instead of an unflattering one. I remember the awful photos posted of Whitney Houston after her death.

Della said...

Her whole life was screwed up. Didn't she have a affair with Roger Clements when she was 15. I was always rooting for her. Very sad ending.

May Flower said...

When I read the brief CNN article about this last night, I went on to read the comments following the article there and was appalled at how disgusting and cruel they were. It was so sad that people were so mean--just so mean--talking about someone who was obviously deeply troubled. Some were judgmental while others were making jokes about the suicide itself and about Mindy and about people who commit suicide in general.

I am relieved to see so much more compassion here among the CDAN community.

Mskkez said...

The thought of her children may have saved her life if she had hope of having them! Her mother spent years taking away the things that mattered to her! She loved her children! That is why she took Zander and ran! Hope her mother can be happy now that mindy will never have them! So sorry she felt so hurt and hopeless....

Pogue Mahone said...

A troubled end to a troubled life so I hope she's finally at peace. So sad.

auntliddy said...

From what i have read, i dint think they can help it when the urge to commit suicides overcomes them.

auntliddy said...

Has nothing to do with dr drew. Addiction is a bitch, results are dismal, and dr drew wld be first to tell you that. The 12 step program, as ineffectual as it is, is all we have to deal with addiction.

auntliddy said...

And actually the fourth, rodney king died too. (Drowned drunk in swimming pool).

Li said...

This really bothers me. I feel so bad for her kids. And for those saying her kids are better off, you obviously didn't lose a parent at a young age because it sucks.

Am I the only one bothered by her shooting the dog? Why?

J Sara said...

It has little to do with dr drew - these are pretty typical stories in the recovery world. Most don't make it. Shitty fact. Thank goodness her children weren't with her or they might have been killed too. I think she had something to do with her boyfriend's death. Entirely tragic situation. Poor dog too!

J Sara said...

@ mischievous angel - so glad you came out of it ok! And I'm sure you're kids are blessed having you in their lives as well!

discoflux said...

My friends and I were discussing last night the possibility that PPD could've played a role in her mental state. She seemed to be a very lost person with a longing to be loved the right way but with no idea of what that was or how to return it. Her drug addiction and alcoholism compiled with the abusive relationships she was in probably left her feeling hopeless and completed detached from reality. While this wasn't surprising, it's still incredibly sad. She was beautiful and talented and I wish she had wanted the help enough to put in the work to get better.

Lynette said...

Have to agree with the comment about why on earth someone in her condition would have access to a gun? What good could possibly come of that?

Frufra said...

May Flower, the comments on CNN are always unusually cruel! I don't understand why trolls flock to that site, but they do.

I agree with everyone else - I pray her young children can have the support they need to recover from this. And I'm sure she's found peace now. My heart breaks for people who can't get it together for the sake of their children. I have a family member who died of alcoholism. He had two beautiful kids to live for, but that wasn't enough to break the grip of his addiction. It's overwhelmingly sad.

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ljsmed said...

@ mischievous angel, I've been there before also. My mom said to me that my daughter would grow up thinking that she had somehow done something wrong and that it was her fault. That snapped me right back into it and I have not looked that way ever since.

ljsmed said...

@Li, I'm baffled by the dog shooting. I did read that the dog was the one who found the bullet that killed her boyfriend, I echo others on the thought that it is a very good thing her children were not there. Sad, sad, sad...

Me said...

I agree, this has little to do with Dr. Drew. The success rates in recovery with addiction are low, and add all this mental illness/trauma, it's unlikely. Hopefully the message is stay in treatment and recovery. I am sad for her, she was very broken.

Agent**It said...

RIP.

Lelaina Pierce said...

Oddly, I had the song "Guys Do It All the Time" stuck in my head Saturday night. It's very sad that she wasn't able to get help. I wondereded if this stemmed from the allegations about her boyfriend as well.

Sherry said...

I was wondering how this mess she'd gotten herself into would all pan out. Too many deaths from Celeb Rehabbers.

She shouldn't have killed the dog. Now her poor kids don't have a mom or a dog.

Tragic.

just curious said...

Wasn't she a suspect in her boyfriend's "suicide"?

Prolly shot the dog because it saw the whole damn thing.

just curious said...

She's definitely(sp) in pieces...head ain't on str8 and shit.

just curious said...

Yep,the Rocket was playing on a diamond shaped field with little grass.Flying her around on his private jet and shit.

Good thing,he didn't leave his wife for her,he dodged a bullet on that one.

g.strathmore said...

Michael K blames Roger Clemens. Did you know Mindy started having a 10-year affair with him when she was only 15? That blew my mind.

Mango said...

Was she a very big country star? I'd never even heard of her until reading about her on CDaN when her boyfriend committed suicide. The police are no slouches; surely they would have arrested her by now if she had been a suspect in his murder. Talk of her as a suspect probably contributed to her declining mental state.

And yes, thank god the kids weren't there. She might have taken them with her.

Meanie Reese said...

This is so very sad. RIP

A friend and I were talking just a few days ago about what would happen to our beloved furbabies and I was kinda shocked when she said she would consider putting her animals down, rather than leave them behind...not knowing if anyone would care for them the way she does. I've thought about it since I heard about Mindy last night...and, I kinda understand now that kind of thinking. *Please note I said KINDA*

@just curious: You have such an ugly heart. I wish for you to have peace and light. SMH

annabella said...

its bizarre to me how people are blaming dr. drew because people who were on celebrity rehab died.

truly bizarre.

the reason they were on cr in the first place is because they are addicts. addicted to drugs and/or alcohol and have severe psychological issues.

its not dr. drew's fault that they have problems, he truly tried to help them. alot of addicts die. the fault is the drugs/and or their psych issues, not dr. drew.

Alma said...

I hadn't heard of this woman until last month. This is tragic. All three souls. Her kids. I hope they can all find some sort of peace.

Serenity_Now said...

For very personal reasons-as well as the simple fact that I'm human, and I have a HEART-these stories always just slay me. But then it gets a thousand times worse when I read comments by people who seem to lack any compassion. I know it's hard to understand why people would behave in this way, and hurt themselves and others over and over again. And to most of us, it's hard to imagine taking our life or the life of someone we love. But again, that's the thing about mental illness and addiction; rational thought goes out the window. How frightening for those who are in the throes of it, and how terribly sad for everyone involved.

auntliddy said...

Reese, oh yeah, i know what she was thinking. In her twusted way, she thought she was doing dog a favor.

MissInfo said...

I'm just glad she didn't take those beautiful babies with her. This was the inevitable because she had tried so many times to take her own life. I only hope that she finds comfort and peace wherever she may be and that those children are well taken care of and know that their mother loved them so much. I'm sad for her children. I also think she had something to do with her boyfriend's death and I guess we'll never know but it's too late for speculation. RIP. :(

Bangagong said...

When I first heard about this last night, I thought," Oh that poor woman." She had been struggling for so long. I'm not even all that into country music but I had been hearing about her troubles for years now. As for the dog, I figured that she thought she wouldn't be found for awhile and she didn't want the dog to starve. (Or eat her body, perhaps. I know that sounds gross but I have heard too many stories of people who die in the same house as cats and what happens afterward.)

I was wondering if maybe she and the boyfriend had had some kind of suicide pact or something. I mean the fact that she killed herself in the exact same way in the exact same place makes me think there's a message in there somewhere.

Tina Mallette said...

I would not slam Dr. Drew what is the rate of success with rehab in general - not good - it takes many people many many kicks at the can and then factor in celebrities that have the money and fame and access to free drugs and alcoho, whatever they want. It just takes one relapse to kill you and most of these people should have been dead several times before they ever got to rehab.

Susan said...

I don't think Dr. Drew can be blamed for the high rate of tragedy that occurs among his patients. He's trying to help high-risk people. Honestly, those who help addicts seem to have such an exhausting and thankless job. The tragedies most likely outweigh the successes. Actually, I applaud Dr. Drew. The Celebrity Rehab program was very eye-opening for me when I have watched.

I'm just really glad her children weren't there.

Jessi said...

Echoing the sentiments of a few here: I read this on D-Listed last night. I love Michael K and thought he treated this news gently and with respect. The comments however horrified me. I don't comment here often, but I sure was missing my CDANers and their compassion. (I read your thoughts every day and kind of feel like I'm the wallflower in the family.)

Tuxedo Cat said...

God, those poor little children. I hope they have good grandparents who can take over.

xoApril said...

Because she lives in the USA, that's why.

xoApril said...

I was sympathetic until I read this. Disgusting. I truly believe that no matter how mentally ill I'd be, if never do a thing to my pets. That's probably ignorant or naive, but that's how I feel.

dragon said...

So sad.

Clanger said...

I think the whole scenario sucks as a whole. Like many people who have posted, I feel sad and it's obvious that she was troubled. Do I think she had a hand in her boyfriend's death? I am on the fence. As a friend just said, "2 addicts who found each other". As for the report of the dog - not that I would condone it, but perhaps she was ultimately scared and wanted to bring her faithful companion with her. Trust me, it's sad, not cool, but the only rational explanation I can think of. I feel horribly for her children, expecially since this is so publicly played out. They are too young now to understand what has happened, but like they say - the internet is "forever". One day they will be old enough to "google" their mother out of sheer curiosity, etc, and will be exposed to the nastiness out there. I hope that whoever takes care of these boys now is kind, compassionate, and strong enough to guide them through the future - break the cycle.

liteNOTSObrite said...

She is number 6 of the celebrity rehabbers that have died

Jeri said...

I hope they can all find some sort of peace that has eluded them on this side.

I especially want the children to feel loved and wanted. They deserve to live a normal life.

Momster said...

RIP. She was a troubled soul, and had too many people take advantage of her.

Lisa said...

I was so hoping she would be able to beat her demons. I loved her music and have many of her songs still on rotation to this day. Look her up on youtube and you will see her wonderful talent shine through. Look up Ten Thousand Angels which was her break out hit.
I know many think Roger Clemens is the big factor but they better take a closer look at the b*st*rd that nearly destroyed her. She was engaged to Dean Cain for several years. If you want to see Dean Cain directing her videos then look at The Other Side Of This Kiss and also You'll Never Know it was during that time that she began showing the erratic episodes but it was after he broke up with her that she went totally off the rails. She damn near died at the hands of men she thought she could trust and fell deeper into drugs and mental illness. It is so sad that she couldn't conquer her demons as she had two beautiful little boys that needed their mom. She will be missed.

Frufra said...

@ Barton - have I told you lately that I love you?

Count Jerkula said...

It only took her like 6-7 times to finally get it right. Too bad she didn't succeed before she gave birth to her first child, and save those poor kids from the torment.

auntliddy said...

Mindy's mother is supposedly an abusive parent, or was to mindy. Hope she doesnt get the children

ljsmed said...

@ MissInfo, I agree with everything you said.

Margaux said...

I was sad at first but then I learned what she did to her dog and now I'm really pissed off. Dogs are trusting. They should be left out of peoples fucked up issues.

I'm sad for her kids, no one should have to go through losing a parent so young but thank fuck they weren't with her at the time - she may have hurt them as well or they may have seen her do it or seen her afterwards.

I'd be curious to see the determined cause of death for her boyfriend.

Margaux said...

They should really cancel Celebrity Rehab too - what a scam.

MLE said...

I'm surprised by how many of you are surprised/baffled by Mindy's killing of the dog before taking her own life. This is pretty common behavior. Many, many people take the lives of their pets before killing themselves. Why? Take your pick from a host of reasons; they don't want to die alone, they believe the animal will not be cared for/are preventing future suffering of animal, etc. Very common.

LottaColada said...

@auntliddy, Rodney King was NOT on season 3. He may have been on the show later on but I meant season 3 has had the most deaths so far.

Jeff Conaway, Rodney King, Mike Starr, Joey Kovar and now Mindy McCreedy overall.

just curious said...

Why when women fuck up,everyone blames so dude in her life... even if he's from the past (Clemons,Cain) BUT when a guy fucks up...he's just a fuck-up w/o excuses.

Did anyone blame McCready for her boyfriend's suicide or was he just a druggie or possible murder victim.

Mitchellaneous said...
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goettin said...

RIP, poor dog.

JSierra said...

Really, you just had to take the dog with you? Just because you are done living doesn't mean that he is.

Hey 'o Jessi, you should come out of lurker/wallflowerdom more often, the more the merrier!

car54 said...

Interesting Celebrity Rehab article

http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/celebrity_rehab/2013_Feb_18_deaths-blame

I don't think people this sick --famous or not--belong on tv for our entertainment.

Urban Rosebud said...

Mindy could very well have been a child victim of ritual abuse ; which is quite common in the music business - esp. country music.

Urban Rosebud said...

Mindy could very well have been a child victim of ritual abuse ; which is quite common in the music business - esp. country music.

Anna Nonymous said...

From what little I saw of her on Celebrity Rehab she seemed like a nice, caring, warm person. I saw myself in her actually. I also saw some bad stuff in there too. Low self esteem, her Mom did seem like she took her kid away from her and kept him away which devastated Mindy. Mindy's taste for abuse didn't come from nowhere, I would be willing to be it came from her home life growing up. Whatever the case, I hope that she's found peace. She was such a tortured soul. RIP Mindy and Mindy's faithful Dog.