Country star Mindy McCready shot dog before killing herself

By David Edwards
Monday, February 18, 2013 16:01 EDT
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Country music star Mindy McCready
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Authorities say that country music star Mindy McCready shot her dead boyfriend’s dog on Sunday before using the gun to take her own life in Arkansas.

Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss on Monday said that the troubled star’s body was found next to David Wilson’s dog. Wilson, who had been a record producer and McCready’s boyfriend, was found dead after apparently committing suicide last month.

Moss said that the official cause of McCready’s death had not been released but “all indicators” pointed to suicide.

A Judge had ordered McCready to a rehab facility for alcohol and mental issues earlier this month, but managed to leave after just 18 hours. Her two sons, 6-year-old Zander and 9-month-old Zayne, were put into foster care when McCready was admitted to the treatment facility.

The country music star had publicly battled substance abuse and mental illness since being placed on three years’ probation over illegally obtaining OxyContin in 2004. The next year, she was arrested for drunken driving, suffered two overdoses, was arrested on drug charges and then attempted suicide.

After a second suicide attempt in 2008 and overdosing again in 2010, she agreed to appear on VH1′s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

McCready is the fifth celebrity to die after joining the cast of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s show.

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Feb. 17, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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