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Singer Mindy McCready dead in apparent suicide

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. -- Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday of an apparent suicide. She was 37.

The Cleburne County, Ark., sheriff's office said police discovered McCready's body at a home on Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs at 3:58 p.m. Authorities said it was the same porch where they found last month the body of her longtime boyfriend David Wilson, the father of her younger son, Zayne, 10 months. Wilson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Wilson's passing struck McCready hard. She issued a statement last month lamenting his death. In an interview with NBC's "Today," she said she'd never gone through anything as painful as his passing.

"McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound," the statement said. The sheriff's office said an autopsy would be scheduled.

McCready arrived in Nashville in 1994 with tapes of her karaoke vocals and earned a recording contract with BNA Records. In 1996, her "Guys Do It All the Time" hit No. 1. Her other hits included "Ten Thousand Angels," also in 1996.

Personal problems plagued her beginning in 2004 and included a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons. In May 2010, she was hospitalized briefly after police responded to an overdose call at a home in North Fort Myers, Fla. She also is survived by son Zander, 6, with ex Billy McKnight. -- AP

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