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Country music singer Mindy McCready is dead after she apparently committed suicide on Sunday, the Cleburne County (Ark.) Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

Stacy McCloud, a reporter at FOX 17 in Nashville, first broke the news on Sunday night when she tweeted:

“A close family friend of Mindy McCready has informed me that the country singer has committed suicide.” She then tweeted: “The Mindy McCready suicide I told you about has now been confirmed from 4 different sources. A statement from the family is in the works.”

McCloud said she spoke to McCready’s family who confirmed the news.

Around 10 p.m. ET Sunday, the Cleburne County (Ark.) Sheriff’s Office sent a statement to FOX8 about McCready’s death:

“At 3:31 PM, Sunday, February 17th, deputies from the Cleburne County (Ark.) Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired in the area of 1132 Fox Chase Drive in Heber Springs. Officers arrived on the scene at 3:58 PM and discovered the body of 37 year old Melinda Gayle McCready on the front porch of the residence at 1132 Fox Chase. Ms. McCready was pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. At this time family members have been notified of the incident. Ms. Mcready will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter will be fully investigated.”

A source tells E! News Mindy’s father, Tim McCready, was staying with McCready until this morning when he returned to Florida. When he left, “she was in good spirits and seemed to be fine,” the source told E! News. According to the report, neighbors heard gunshots at her house and called the police.

“She shot herself and the dog,” the source told E! News.

McCready, who was an American country music singer, was born on Nov. 30, 1975. She recorded five studio albums, including her debut album Ten Thousand Angels back in 1996. McCready gained notoriety back in 2008 when her relationship with Roger Clemens was made public.

About a month ago, McCready’s boyfriend, David Wilson, died at the age of 34. His cause of death has has not been released. She later admitted herself in into an inpatient facility to treat her depression. She was released two days later.

According to E! News, after denying any involvement with Wilson’s death, McCready’s two children, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9-months-old, were taken from the singer’s Heber Springs, Ark., home by authorities.

McCready had attempted suicide twice before – once in 2005 and once in 2008, according to TMZ. She also made several appearances on the VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

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