Country singer Mindy McCready found dead

LOS ANGELES. February 18. KAZINFORM Mindy McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died on Sunday after she apparently shot herself. She was 37.

Cleburne County sheriff's office said McCready was found dead with what appeared to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound. Deputies were sent to a home at around 4 pm and found her body on the front porch. An autopsy is pending.

Coroner Waren Olmstead said he didn't have further information on who was taking care of her two sons.

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 with its dig at male chauvinism endearing her to females. Her other hits included Ten Thousand Angels, also in 1996, and her album by the same title sold 2 million copies, Kazinform quotes the Guardian.

However, personal problems plagued her, including a custody battle with her mother over one of her sons.

McCready took her older son Zander from her mother and the boy's legal guardian, Gayle Inge, in late 2011. She fled to Arkansas without permission over what she called child abuse fears. Authorities eventually found McCready in hiding and took the boy into custody.

She and her boyfriend David Wilson had a son, Zayne, in April 2012.

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