The troubled country singer who claimed her fame with tunes like "Guys Do It All The Time" and "Maybe He'll Notice Me Now" is dead at the age of 37 due to an apparent suicide on February 17, 2013. McCready's passing resulted from a self inflicted gunshot wound and she was found dead on her front porch in Herber Springs, Arkansas. The suicide follows the loss of her longtime boyfriend, recorder/producer David Wilson who also shot himself on the same porch one month ago.
The country singer's personal life has long overshadowed her career as it was fraught with a turmoil filled upbringing, allegations of drug abuse, previous suicide attempts, and an embittered custody battle over her oldest son fathered by Billy McKnight. Rocky relationships with her partners, family, and friends furthered the star's struggles, which were documented in a book she was writing as well as her personal blog. As she stated via her official website: "I haven't had a hit in almost a decade. 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."
Unfortunately, McCready was wrong. Despite a public outcry and attempts to help her, the singer continued her slide. Dr. Drew Pinksy offered to assist McCready shortly before her death and offered via statement: "When I heard she was struggling, I did reach out to hear and urged her to go to take care of herself, get in a facility if she felt she needed. 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 the story. She is a lovely woman, we have lost her, and it didn't have to go down like this."
The chart topping singer leaves behind a pair of sons, Zander, age 6, and Zane, age 10 who are in foster care. McCready's representative offered a statement regarding the boys via CNN which read; "Zane and Zander are loved, cared for and comfortable with foster families at this time."