Mindy McCready Dies of Apparent Suicide, Leaving 2 Little Boys Motherless Forever

mindy mccreadyTroubled country singer Mindy McCready was found dead Sunday on the porch of her Herber Springs, Arkansas home. According to police, the 37-year-old's death appears to be suicide via gunshot wound. Just a month earlier, cops found the father of McCready's youngest son, record producer David Wilson, dead from suicide via gunshot wound on the very same porch. The "Ten Thousand Angels" singer, who appeared on Celebrity Rehab, has had a long struggle with addiction and metal illness. She was engaged in a very public custody battle with her mother over her eldest son, Zander. In 2011, she took Zander from her mother, claiming that she feared he was being abused. When police went to McCready's home to pick up the boy, they found both she and her son hiding in a closet.

Mindy McCready was clearly in no position to parent her children recently, but still -- her suicide will affect her kids just as any parent's tragic suicide would.

Her youngest son, Zayne, is only 10-months-old and will clearly have no recollection of his mother, which is heartbreaking in and of itself. And 6-year-old Zander, whose father is McCready's former boyfriend Billy McKnight, will have strange memories of his mother, being that he saw her on and off over the years.

It's of course sad when anyone takes their life. But there's something that stings a little bit more when that person leaves children behind. McCready obviously had her fair share of problems, but she did bring her sons into the world -- no one can duplicate such a bond. And neither of these boys have their fathers in their lives either, as Zayne's father committed suicide shortly before McCready; and Zander's father, who was charged with attempted murder at one point for choking and abusing McCready, does not have custody of his son.

McCready's struggles have always been very public. The singer didn't just appear on Celebrity Rehab, she's given countless interviews and there have been thousands of articles and blogs written about her problems. Her poor children not only have no mother now; inevitably, at some point, they will full-well know the tumultuous life she led.

Hopefully, that's not the only way they'll look back on their mother. That wouldn't be good for them -- and no mother would want to be remembered that way by their children. No matter how troubled their life was.

What do you think of McCready's death?


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jalaz77 jalaz77

Not surprised in the least. That baby will have no parents. I cannot imagine how he will feel when he finds out how his parents died. I feel for both kids really. Suicide is a selfish way to go.

zombi... zombiemommy916

This is incredibly sad...those poor little boys... :'(

bills... billsfan1104

Those kids will need help, and Dr Drew needs to stay away. This is like the 3rd death of people that went through Celebrity Rehab.

tecsa... tecsabates

So sad, such a waste of talent. Those poor babies. I hope some steps up and gives them the love they deserve and need.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

All I can think about is those poor babies. How devestating for them :(

kelti... kelticmom

So sad, but I saw it coming. I can't imagine how desperate and alone she must have felt. And unless people have personally dealt up close with a loved one struggling with mental illness, depression or addiction, they need to keep their "suicide is selfish" comments to themselves. Yes, it is, but people who commit suicide are so far gone out of their own minds to even realize it in these cases. Heartbreaking.

kelly... kelly24019

Wah wah selfish... You clearly have no idea about mental illness

PonyC... PonyChaser

Suicide is selfish? What about all the people on that Dr. Drew show who exploit people's problems for their own gain? What about the people around her who advised her to do publicity "treatment" in the form of a reality show instead of getting real, honest, private help? She should not have had to suffer in public like she did. Where were all of these concerned voices when she needed them?

This is a tragic situation all the way around. Not just for her children, but for those people around her who may have tried to help.

jalaz77 jalaz77

Yup I do know about mental illness and still know suicide is selfish. Sorry ladies. Btw I do know people who have gone this route or attempted. Who doesn't?? I would love to know one family who doesn't have someone in their family with mental illness.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

I agree with Keltic and chill she says she agrees its selfish. I believe her point is if someone feels so shitty about their situation and is in such despair the last thing they need to hear is that they are selfish because even if they are lucid enough to comprehend you are making them feel worse which may or may not contribute to their "selfish" actions

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