(ANIMAL NEWS) On Sunday, country star Mindy McCready was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 37-year-old singer was battling substance abuse issues for several years, and her mental state became even more unstable after the father of her youngest child, David Wilson, committed suicide in January. Before the troubled star took her own life, she sadly also shot the family dog. McCready spoke to Dateline NBC about the fact that the dog actually discovered the bullet that killed Wilson. A sad story indeed, considering how pets typically help troubled individuals cope with depression and other mental disorders. Read on for more on the unfortunate tragedy. — Global Animal
Christian Post, Daniel Distant
Mindy McCready shot her dog before herself Sunday in Heber Springs, Arkansas, according to reports. The troubled country music star’s death comes a little more than a month after the suicide of her child’s father, David Wilson, Jan. 13.
Mindy McCready’s shooting of her dog came around 3p.m. before the star committed suicide with a single shot to the head. The spot where the 37-year-old fired the fatal bullet was on her porch at her home- it was the exact spot Wilson died. In Wilson’s case, the dog played a key role as well.
“I didn’t find the bullet, the dog did,” the mother of one told Dateline NBC at the time. “It was in the dog’s mouth. I mean, that’s a horrific thing to say, but it was in the dog’s mouth.”
When McCready killed herself Sunday, police were called because of multiple shots fired and were quick to arrive on the scene. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for the “Ten Thousand Angels” singer by the time authorities and emergency services got to her home.
“Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs,” a statement from the sheriff’s office read. “Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence … Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
McCready previously had problems with prescription drugs in the past, and police have transported the body to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for a thorough autopsy. However, when the troubled singer was released from a treatment facility earlier this month, she reportedly was clean and sober.
“She was released because they think she is mentally stable enough, and she was tested for drugs and alcohol and everything came up fine. Nothing illegal came up,” a source told E! News. “One of the reasons they released her is she didn’t have any symptoms of what an alcoholic would have. There were no signs she had a problem to the doctor.”
McCready and Wilson leave behind two children, Zayne, 9, and Zander, 6. They were in foster care at the time of her death.
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