While many were either watching the NBA All-Star game on Sunday evening or just sitting back and relaxing, we heard word of the passing of Mindy McCready.  Mindy had been recently going through a firestorm of ups and down and it looks like it all caught up with her Sunday.

Reports are surfacing now that McCready died as a result of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office in Arkansas said in a news release,

McCready was found dead at a residence in Heber Springs from what appears to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head. An autopsy is pending.

It wasn't the first suicide attempt for the troubled singer, whose list of problems only continued to grow in 2013.

 

According to another report in The Hufffington Post,

McCready entered court-ordered rehab earlier this month after her father told a judge she was no longer taking care of herself or her children and was abusing drugs and alcohol. Her sons were put in foster care at the time, but it's not clear where Zander and Zayne were at the time of McCready's suicide.

McCready's longtime boyfriend David Wilson, the father of her younger son, died last month in Arkansas. Authorities found his body on the same porch they discovered McCready's on Sunday and his death also was investigated as a suicide.

In case you were unfamiliar with McCready's music, here's a sample with her song Ten Thousand Angels.

The world of Country Music is saddened today by the death of McCready.  It's not only sad, but a reminder that people go through extremely difficult periods in their life.  Whereas we cannot always 'see what's really going on,' inside people around us, it's a reminder to keep our 'ears open to what they are saying,' and what 'they are really feeling.'  February and March can be real 'downer' months for people.  We remind anyone reading this, that if you are struggling, to please reach out for help!