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February 18th, 2013
06:47 AM ET

Questions surround death of country singer Mindy McCready – Nischelle Turner reports


(CNN) - They seemed so triumphant at the time: the lyrics to country music star Mindy McCready's hope-filled title track to her most-recent album "I'm Still Here." Now, those words sound like a cry for help.

"On a cold dark cloud, with nowhere to fall but down, like a single, naked, unrelenting tear ... I'm still here."

On Sunday, McCready, whose turbulent personal life overshadowed her music, was found dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home - the victim, authorities said, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
She was 37.

McCready leaves behind two boys - a 6-year-old and a 10-month-old.

Just a month earlier, police had paid another visit to the house in Heber Springs. On that day, they found the infant's father - record producer David Wilson - dead on the porch. He too had apparently taken his own life. He too had used a gun.

This morning on "Early Start," Nischelle Turner reports on the apparent suicide of country star Mindy McCready.

READ MORE: Embattled country star Mindy McCready dead at 37 of apparent suicide

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  1. Teri Peck

    CNN: at approximately 1:08 pm today during your coverage of this story, you made a comment that was shocking to me. You stated McCready was known for "fighting demons" in her past. Then you went on to discuss how she was afraid of facing the "stigma" of addiction. YOU JUST DONT GET IT, DO YOU?!. Addiction is a DISEASE, not a case of demons possessing somebody. By using this unfortunate choice of words you feed into the very tragedy that led to this celebrity's death. You may try to defend yourself by stating it was just a "figure of speech" however, the use of the word DEMON is quite dramatic to some and should not be thrown around so carelessly when describing such a stigmatized disease. Yes, Ms. McCready may have benefited from the prayers of others, BUT your report gives the insinuation to some "extremists" (OR those that are uneducated) that to rid herself of demons was all she may have needed. Addiction and mental illness are diseases that require professional treatment. For all the hoopla you give to Dr. Drew about being a REAL professional in the area, if he doesn't address this major mistake on his program, I will lose respect for both him and your entire network. Shame on you.

    February 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply

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