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Country Star Mindy McCready Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide

Mindy McCready

Singer Mindy McCready performs at the V-Day Presentation of Any One Of Us: Words From Prison at Alice Tully Hall – Lincoln Center June 21, 2006 in New York City. (Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Country singer Mindy McCready was found dead at her Heber Springs, Ark., home Sunday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Cleburne County, Ark., Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at 4:31 p.m. Eastern time Sunday to McCready’s home for a call of shots fired. Upon arriving, they found the body of McCready, 37, on the front porch.

She was pronounced dead at the scene from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Arkansas State Crime Lab.

McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records, CBS News reported.

In 1996, her “Guys Do It All the Time” hit No. 1 and its dig at male chauvinism endeared her to females. Her other hits included “Ten Thousand Angels,” also in 1996, and her album by that title sold 2 million copies.

However, personal problems plagued her beginning in 2004 and included a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons.

McCready took her older son Zander from her mother and the boy’s legal guardian, Gayle Inge, in late 2011. She fled to Arkansas without permission over what she called child abuse fears. Authorities eventually found McCready hiding in a residence without permission and took the boy into custody.

She also had a well-publicized affair with former New York Yankees Roger Clemens, which her attorney initially denied, but later admitted – albeit denying New York Daily News reports that it began when she was 15.

She and her boyfriend David Wilson had a son, Zayne, in April of 2012. The older son has a different father, CBS News reported.

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