Autopsy confirms Mindy McCready's death as suicide

In this undated file photo, country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

In this undated file photo, country singer Mindy McCready performs in Nashville, Tenn. McCready, who hit the top of the country charts before personal problems sidetracked her career, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — Authorities in Arkansas say preliminary autopsy results confirm Lee County native and country music singer Mindy McCready's death was a suicide.

The Cleburne County sheriff said in a statement Wednesday that preliminary autopsy results from Arkansas' state crime lab show McCready's death was a suicide from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators have said McCready apparently shot and killed her late boyfriend's dog before she turned the gun on herself Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Ark. Authorities found McCready's body and the dog on the front porch where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities are investigating Wilson's death as a suicide but haven't determined an official cause of death yet.

Mindy McCready timeline

A look at Mindy McCready’s high points and low points.

1975 (Nov. 30) — Malinda Gayle McCready was born in Fort Myers.

1992 — She graduated from high school with honors at 16.

1994 — She moved to Nashville at 18 to pursue a singing career.

1995 — She signed a contract with BNA records, beating a one-year deadline imposed by her mom to get a record deal or go to college.

1996 (April) — She released her debut album, “Ten Thousands Angels,” and the title song went to No. 6 on the Billboard charts. The follow-up song, “Guys Do It All the Time,” hit No. 1.

1997 She became engaged to actor Dean Cain, who starred in “Superman” the TV series. The couple broke up the next year.

1997 (Nov.) — She released her second album, “If I Don’t Stay the Night.” The album, which featured singles, “You’ll Never Know,” “The Other Side of This Kiss” and “Let’s Talk About Love,” didn’t reach platinum sales.

1999 (Sept.) — McCready released third album, “I’m Not So Tough,” but not a single song reaches the Top 50, The record company cancels her contract after poor sales

2002 (March) — After signing with Capitol Records in 2001, she released her fourth album, self-titled “Mindy McCready.” The album bombed and Capitol dropped McCready later in the year.

2003 — She started dating country singer Billy McKnight.

2004McCready was charged with obtaining the painkiller OxyContin fraudulently at a pharmacy. She pleaded guilty and was placed on three years’ probation.

2005 (May) — She violated the probation after a drunken-driving arrest.

2005 (May) — Two days later, McKnight was accused of beating and choking McCready. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder.

2005 (July) -- McCready was hospitalized after being found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla. She told a judge it was a suicide attempt.

2005 (Sept.) She overdosed on antidepressants and was hospitalized again.

2006 (March) She gave birth to her son, Zander Ryan McCready. McKnight is the father.

2007 (July) She was accused of a drunken altercation with her mother and then with a Lee County deputy who was trying to arrest her. Two weeks later, she was arrested at the Nashville airport for violation of probation stemming from her 2004 arrest.

2007 (July) — Sentenced to one-year in jail for violation of probation. She served only six months.

2008 (April) Made headlines for reports of a prior relationship with baseball legend Roger Clemens. Published reports at the time said she met the pitcher at a Fort Myers karaoke bar when she was 15 and he was 28 and married. Clemens denied the relationship.

2008 (Dec.)McCready attempted suicide at her Nashville home.

2009She was part of VH1’s TV show “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” and afterward declared herself clean from drugs. The show aired in January 2010.

2009 (Sept.) -- Served 30 days of a 60-day sentence in a Tennessee jail for violation of probation. She got out early for good behavior.

2010, (May) -- She was hospitalized briefly after police responded to an overdose call at a home in North Fort Myers, owned by her mother.

2010 She released her fifth and final album, called “I’m Still Here.” It never reached higher than No. 71 on the Country Billboard charts. Also, an adult entertainment company released a sex tape involving McCready.

2011 (Nov.) She took Zander from his legal guardian, her mother Gayle Inge, and fled to Arkansas over what she said were child abuse fears. She was later found hiding in a home without permission.

2012 (April) She gave birth to her second son, Zayne. The father was music producer David Wilson.

2013 (Jan. 13) David Wilson, 34, was found dead on the porch of their home in Arkansas.

2013 (Feb. 17)McCready, 37, was found dead along with a dog on the porch of her home in Arkansas.

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