Country singer Mindy McCready has been found dead in a suspected suicide, US police have said.
The 37-year-old died from an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound", Arkansas sheriff Marty Moss told the BBC.
A neighbour told E! News she heard gunshots and called the police, adding "She shot herself and the dog."
Mindy McCready has been found dead in a suspected suicide
McCready's passing follows the death of her boyfriend David Wilson on January 13, 2013.
Wilson's death continues to be investigated, with McCready talking about her lover to NBC's Andrea Canning last month.
She said: "I have never gone through anything this painful. He didn't just touch my heart, he touched my soul. He was my soulmate."
McCready's children were taken into care on February 6 after family members claimed she was unfit to care for them.
"Since boyfriend (David Wilson) shot himself she has been in bed for 3 wks," her father said in court documents earlier this month. "Sleeps all day. Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children."
But just a day after being ordered by a judge to enter a facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation, McCready was released to undergo outpatient treatment instead, according to E! News.
TMZ reports McCready had attempted to take her own life twice before, once in 2005 and again in 2008. She also made several visits to various rehab clinics and appeared on the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" in 2010.
McCready was known for her hits Ten Thousand Angels and Guys Do It All The Time.
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