Unfortunately, we’re starting the week off with some sad news, folks.
Mindy McCready, the country music singer perhaps most popular for the 90s female empowerment anthem “Guys Do It All The Time,” was found dead yesterday of an apparent suicide.
A statement from the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas claims the 37-year-old suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
McCready was no stranger to turmoil and tragedy over the years. She struggled with addiction and mental illness and had more than one run-in with the law, including DUI arrests and custody battles.
Despite all that, the singer seemed to be in optimistic spirits back in January 2012, when she posted an honest, determined message on her website:
I’ve spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. I’ve been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed, and evicted. But I’m still here. With a handful of people that I know and trust, a revived determination, and both middle fingers up in the air, I’m ready. I’ve been here before. I’m a fighter. I’m down, but I’ll never be out.
Adding even more pain to this situation, McCready leaves behind two young sons, one of whom is only 10 months old and has already lost his father to suicide last month. You read that correctly: McCready’s boyfriend and father to her youngest son committed suicide just last month.
Addiction is a dis EASE & not a character flaw. When the pain becomes too much, it causes people to want that pain to stop. – Wynonna Judd on McCready’s life and death.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, who knew McCready from her appearance on his show “Celebrity Rehab,” reached out to her after her boyfriend’s suicide and urged her to get help.
Her biggest fear was the stigma of doing so and what people would think if she, God forbid, took care of herself. And this to me is the most distressing part of this story. She is a lovely woman, we have lost her, and it didn’t have to go down like this.
How awful it is that something as WRONG as stigma prevented McCready from getting help and ultimately helped lead to her death.
May her family, friends, and loved ones find peace during this devastating time.
If you’re feeling depressed, struggling with addiction, or can’t manage a mental illness, SEEK HELP. Contact your mental health provider and make an appointment ASAP. If you’re having thoughts of suicide, call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room IMMEDIATELY. If you can’t handle it yourself, TELL A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND.
Don’t worry about stigma or how it might affect the rest of your life. You might not have a “rest of your life” if you don’t get control now.
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