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Country music’s Mindy McCready dies in apparent suicide

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** FILE ** In this undated file photo, country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Mindy McCready, the 37-year-old country music star and mother of two, was found dead Sunday, after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Her reported suicide — the fourth time she has tried to kill herself since 2005 — follows last month’s death of her longtime boyfriend, David Wilson, who shot and killed himself on the porch of the Little Rock, Ark., home they shared, The Associated Press reported. The Daily Mail also reports she shot and killed the family dog before turning the gun on herself.

Ms. McCready topped the country music charts in the 1990s with the hits “10,000 Angels,” and “Guys Do It all the Time,” according to Fox News.

She’s been known more in recent years for her struggles. In April 2010, she appeared on Fox News to discuss her 6-year hiatus from music, during which she said she had been in a lot of trouble, but “seeking redemption.” Her death on Sunday came just days after she left court-ordered rehab for alcohol and prescription pill abuses, The Daily Mail reported.

She leaves behind two young sons, AP reports.

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Cheryl K. Chumley

Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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