MINDY MCCREADY is dead at the age of 37. A local sheriff issued a statement saying she died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at her Heber Springs, Arkansas home, which is 60 miles north of Little Rock.
--The sheriff said officers arrived at her house at 3:58 P.M. . . . where they found Mindy's body on the front porch. Mindy's brother confirmed her death to the "New York Daily News".
--Mindy's rep told E!, quote, "I have no statement or information to provide until I get verification from the authorities in Arkansas and until all family including the children have been notified. The family and I have been trying to reach the authorities.
--"I have not spoken to any officials that were on the scene. I am asking the media for sensitivity in this regard. At this time, any family member coming forward to confirm this is completely inappropriate."
--Mindy's life was tragic on so many levels that this doesn't come as a surprise, but it's heartbreaking nonetheless. She had two young sons, six-year-old Zander . . . and nine-month-old Zayne.
--We may never know why Mindy decided to take her life now . . . but everything points to last month's shooting death of her boyfriend David Wilson. That started out as a possible suicide . . . and then turned into Mindy being a suspect.
--Mindy's body was taken to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. There's no indication yet that she was under the influence when she died . . . but considering her history of substance abuse, that's not out of the question.
--Mindy attempted suicide twice in 2005 by drug overdose . . . and once in 2008 after she cut her wrists.