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,
The sheriff said officers arrived at her house at . . . 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
"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.
It's hard to remember that Mindy had a bright future back in the '90s. She had a #1 hit with "Guys Do It All The Time" . . . and was engaged to DEAN "SUPERMAN" CAIN in 1997. They broke up in '98.
Her downward spiral included an arrest in 2004 for trying to pass off a fraudulent OxyContin prescription. In 2005 her then-boyfriend Billy McKnight tried to MURDER HER. McKnight is the father of her son Zander. Mindy also claimed she had a longtime affair with ROGER CLEMENS that supposedly began when she was a teenager. Clemens insists they were just friends.