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Troubled country star Mindy McCready, 37, is found dead

Published: Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 8:49 a.m. CST

(MCT) — Country music singer Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday night in Heber Springs, Ark. She was 37.

McReady’s death was confirmed by the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office. There were unconfirmed reports that the death was a suicide.

McCready’s 1996 debut album, “Ten Thousand Angels,” went multi-platinum, and two songs off the record, the title cut and “Guys Do It All the Time,” were No. 1 country hits. Four other studio albums followed.

In the last decade, however, McCready’s music took a back seat to her often-troubled personal life, which included legal problems and the revelation of a long-running affair with married former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens.

The last few months of McCready’s life were a series of tabloid headlines.

In January, the singer’s boyfriend, David Wilson, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. But questions surrounding the circumstances of the shooting led authorities to keep his death under investigation.

In an interview with the NBC newsmagazine “Dateline” in late January, McCready denied any involvement in her live-in boyfriend’s death after a reporter asked her whether she had shot him.

“Oh my God, no. Oh my God, no,” she responded. “He was my life. We were each other’s life. There’s no way to tell where one of us began and the other ended. We slept together every night holding hands.”

After Wilson’s death, McCready, who had struggled with alcohol and mental health issues, checked into an inpatient rehab facility for treatment. Her two sons — Wilson was the father of her younger child — were removed from her care.

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