Mindy McCready Death: Troubled Country Singer Needed Help [VIDEO]
Mindy McCready's suicide is shaking the music world today, after friends and family learned that the country singer took her own life on Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. McCready was 37.
Now McCready's inner circle is wondering if they did enough to help the troubled singer who tried to commit suicide twice before, and was arrested multiple times. After her boyfriend David Wilson's death on Jan. 14, McCready was accused of killing a man who she called her "soul mate." He was also the father of her now 10-month-old baby.
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Wilson was found dead on Jan. 14 on the porch of their home in Heber Springs, Ark., leaving a trail of uncomfortable questions. McCready's family started to look back at the trajectory of the last decade, realizing that there were countless cries for help along the way.
Though the singer was viewed as quite beautiful, she was also viewed by those who knew her as mentally unstable and drawn to the wrong men. In the late 1990s, she was engaged to actor Dean Cain, later calling off the wedding. She also dated NHL hockey player Drake Berehowsky and reportedly had a long-time affair with pitcher Roger Clemens that some believe started when she was 15.
Things took a turn for the worse, though, in May 2005 when McCready's ex-boyfriend, Billy McKnight, was charged with attempted murder after beating and choking her. Soon afterward, McCready attempted to commit suicide twice -- once when she was pregnant with McKnight's child.
McCready also had persistent legal troubles. In August 2004, she was arrested in Tennessee for using a fake prescription to buy the painkiller OxyContin. She denied everything at first, but later pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000.
In May 2005, she was arrested for a DUI and suspended license in Nashville. And in July 2005, she was accused of identity theft in Arizona.
Now a 10-month-old baby has no parents, while friends question whether they should have done more to help McCready. And those questions will persist for a long time to come.
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