November 30, 1975 – February 17, 2013
Mindy McCready was a hugely successful country music singer whose debut album, 1996′s Ten Thousand Angels sold over 2 million copies. Born in South Florida, McCready began singing when she was just three years old. When she was just 18, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Quickly signed to BNA Records, McCready’s debut album was released to much fanfare and ultimately yielded four hit singles with “Guys Do It All The Time” reaching #1. That was followed by four more albums and several hit country singles. In all, McCready landed on the Country Singles chart twelve times and sold over 3 million albums. During McCready’s later years, she was involved in a few rocky relationships that continually fed the tabloids with troubling stories of abuse and drug addiction. In 2008, she was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt, and in 2010, was again hospitalized for a possible drug overdose that appeared to have been unintentional. Over the years, McCready had legal issues that were mostly attributed to substance abuse. In 2010, she appeared on the Celebrity Rehab reality program after which she was said to be looking forward to getting back into the studio. In April of 2012, McCready gave birth to her second child, and in January of 2013, the boy’s father, producer David Wilson, was found in his home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. On February 17, 2013, Mindy McCready reportedly took her own life. She was 37.
Obituary written by Vince Hans of The Music's Over.