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Published On: Mon, Feb 18th, 2013

Country star Mindy McCready commits suicide, dead at age 37

Mindy McCready burst onto the country music scene in 1996 with the double-platinum debut album “Ten Thousand Angels,” earning her incredible popularity. What followed was years and years of struggles, bizarre stories and now tragedy.

On Sunday, McCready was found dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home, the victim, authorities said, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She was 37.

Mindy McCready David Wilson Facebook photo

Mindy McCready David Wilson Facebook photo

Her estranged boyfriend David Wilson was found dead in January from suicide as well.

She earned her only No. 1 during that 1996 debut year with “Guys Do It All the Time,” a smackdown at sexism. Her performance earned comparisons to crossover sensation Shania Twain. McCready spent 16 years trying to recapture her chart-topping success, only to have it undone by drugs, alcohol and a volatile love life.

McCready’s hope-filled title track to her most-recent album “I’m Still Here” seemed like a proclamation that she’s returned.

Now, those words sound like a cry for help.

“On a cold dark cloud, with nowhere to fall but down, like a single, naked, unrelenting tear … I’m still here.”

McCready leaves behind two boys — a 6-year-old and a 10-month-old.

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