NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Arkansas investigators found Mindy McCready Sunday afternoon with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Many in Nashville who knew her reacted to the news of her death.
In the mid-1990s, McCready was a young woman making a big name for herself on Music Row. That's how former NewsChannel 5 Entertainment Reporter Harry Chapman remembers her.
"She was such a big star when she came to town," Chapman said Monday. "Mindy had, she had the world by the tail and you thought, ‘The sky's the limit for her.'"
After a few years, McCready became better known for a life of drugs, rehab and custody battles.
Eight years ago Billy McKnight, the father of her oldest son, faced charges for trying to kill her. In 2008, she made headlines for a rumored affair with baseball legend Roger Clemens when McCready was just a teenager.
In recent years, she tried committing suicide multiple times.
"I was never in a state in which I was conscious and with it and said oh I want to die," she told CBS This Morning in 2010.
Sunday afternoon, authorities found McCready on the porch of her Arkansas home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. It was the same place where police believe her boyfriend, David Wilson killed himself roughly a month ago. Wilson was also the father of her ten-month-old son.
"Eerie I think is a word that comes to mind. I think it obviously speaks on the pain that she was feeling," said country music reporter and blogger Shane Tallant.
After years of troubles, it appeared the stresses of life made the 37-year-old choose to take her own life.
"She just couldn't dig out of it. Some people can dig out of it. I don't think she could dig out the hole that was hers – and I think in the end she probably thought, what's left?" Chapman said.
On Monday, McKnight told the Associated Press McCready threatened to kill herself earlier this month after Wilson's death and losing custody of her two sons. He said she somehow checked herself out of rehab after just 18 hours.
McCready was once engaged to actor Dean Cain who played Superman on television in 1990s.
The news hit country music's biggest stars hard as well.
Carrie Underwood tweeted, "I grew up listening to Mindy McCready.. so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them..."
Wynonna Judd tweeted, "Oh my! Mindy. Dear sweet girl. This is so sad. It just breaks my heart what addiction continues to take from this life."