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Troubled Country Singer Mindy McCready Reportedly Commits Suicide

Country singer, Mindy McCready dead of an apparent suicide.

Details are still coming in, but it’s being reported that country singer, Mindy McCready has taken her own life at the age of 37.

via FOX17Nashville

Country music singer Mindy McCready has committed suicide, according to FOX 17 and multiple other reports.

Stacy McCloud, a reporter at FOX 17 in Nashville, tweeted:

“A close family friend of Mindy McCready has informed me that the country singer has committed suicide.”

A short time later she 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.”

Andrea Canning, a correspondent for NBC News, is also reporting McCready committed suicide on Sunday. Canning said a family friend told her that McCready “shot and killed herself this evening.”

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.

This poor woman seemed so emotionally tormented.  I’m not a huge country music fan at all, but I saw her on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew several years ago, and could tell things were probably not going to improve for her.  Throughout the most recent years, her life seemingly kept taking turns for the worse.

Mindy with her boyfriend, David Wilson.

via EOnline:

It’s been a difficult month for Mindy McCready, and unfortunately, E! News has learned that the country singer’s life has come to end far too soon.

A source close to the 37-year-old tells us her body was found in Heber Springs, Ark.

“Things have been hectic. But I’m still here..,” the star tweeted in January.

Just a little over a month ago, McCready’s boyfriend, David Wilson, died at the age of 34 with no cause of death or details surrounding his passing being revealed, however continues to be under investigation.

Hold your loved-ones close…

Thank you for the info, Patti.

Dr. Drew Says Jeff Conaway is NOT Dying – In Medically-Induced Coma, Not an OD

Dr. Drew and Jeff Conaway on "Celebrity Rehab"

Dr. Drew, who came to know and treat actor Jeff Conaway on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab has come forward with better news regarding Jeff’s alleged poor health, which seemingly has been exaggerated by the media.

Jeff indeed has had major struggles with substance abuse, perhaps stemming from back and hip injuries.  Nevertheless, he’s really had a rough time.

via EOnline:

“Just visited Jeff Conaway. He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia. Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead.”

Fans started asking questions, and just like Dr. Drew manner, he tweeted some answers.

@drdrew ‘Why is his manager giving all the reports that he’s in a Coma?’ He’s in an induced coma. He’s actually on a Propafol drip”

@drdrew ‘That also means he’s intubated and on a vent.’ Right. Pneumonia with sepsis. No evidence of intentional OD.”

Glad to hear this news about Jeff.  He seems like such a sad soul.  Oh, and nice mention of the appropriate use of PROPAFOL in a hospital setting, Drew.  Duly noted.

Dr. Drew is really sick, you guys. Stop EVERYTHING and listen UP.

GASP!! Not my Dr. Dreamboat!

Someone get me a tissue.  My (other)  Silver Fox, Dr. Drew Pinksy is super sick.   I would have thought he caught the Hep C from one of his Pigpen-ish Celebrity Rehab patients **COUGH Leif Garrett Jason Davis COUGH**, but NO.  My Dr. Dreamboat has been stricken with a nasty infection while on a second honeymoon with his wife, Susan.

via Popeater

“Pinsky, who left on Jan. 8 for a second honeymoon with wife Susan at a “secret destination,” came down with a case of Leptospirosis while away, according to his Twitter.

Following the honeymoon, which also celebrated the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary, he tweeted, “Spent the night as a patient in the hospital. Seems I may have picked up Leptospirosis in the West Indies. This is just brutal.”

Just look at how nasty Leptospirosis is, via Google Health:

Leptospirosis is a rare, severe, and contagious bacterial infection.

Weil disease; Icterohemorrhagic fever; Swineherd’s disease; Rice-field fever; Cane-cutter fever; Swamp fever; Mud fever; Hemorrhagic jaundice; Stuttgart disease; Canicola fever

Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to several types of the Leptospira bacteria, which can be found in fresh water that has been contaminated by animal urine. It occurs in warmer climates.

Risk factors include:

  • Occupational exposure — farmers, ranchers, slaughterhouse workers, trappers, veterinarians, loggers, sewer workers, rice field workers, and military personnel
  • Recreational activities — fresh water swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and trail biking in warm areas
  • Household exposure — pet dogs, domesticated livestock, rainwater catchment systems, and infected rodents

Leptospirosis is rare in the continental United States. Hawaii has the highest number of cases in the United States.

Symptoms can take 2 – 26 days (average 10 days) to develop, and may include:

  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Shaking chills

Less common symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal lung sounds
  • Bone pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Enlarged lymph glands
  • Enlarged spleen or liver
  • Joint aches
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Muscle tenderness
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat

The blood is tested for antibodies to the bacteria.

Other tests that may be done:

Medications to treat leptospirosis include:

  • Chloramphenicol
  • Erythromycin
  • Penicillins
  • Tetracyclines

Complicated cases will need supportive care.

The outlook is generally good. However, a complicated case can be life-threatening if it is not treated promptly.

  • Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction when penicillin is given
  • Meningitis
  • Severe bleeding

Contact your health care provider if you have any symptoms of, or risk factors for, leptospirosis.

Avoid areas of stagnant water, especially in tropical climates. If you are exposed to a high risk area, taking doxycycline may decrease your risk of developing disease.


Dr. Dreamboat?  Doctor, heal thyself — we NEED you!


So, in researching this nastiness, I found out something interesting. In 2000, my son Alex and I caught Salmonella B (which is not the same as food-borne Salmonella).   Alex caught it first. We almost lost him; the doctors and gastro-specialists couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. He was 16 and lost 25 pounds in four days.  I LIVED at the hospital, helping him with everything, because Lord knows I couldn’t let the nurses assist my boy.   I slept there and held his hand.  It was truly horrifying.  Finally, after test after test, the genius Dr. Sharma discovered what this devil of an illness was that had nearly killed my boy.  It was a long, slow recovery for Alex.

Funny story:  He was on a morphine drip, and felt the need to tell me EVERYTHING that he was pissed off at me about since he was a toddler.  “Remember when you weren’t on time to pick me up from Kindergarten and they were gonna put me on the BUS??”  Jaaayzus. This went on for about an hour…and I just bawled my head off…mainly because there were far traumatic things he was angry about, and I’m thankful he TOLD me.

So then Mama caught it.  But since the entire county was involved (not even kidding) in Alex’s diagnosis, I was simply tossed in a QUARANTINED  (read: HAZMAT SUITS!!) room and treated for six days.  Mind you, I only lost five pounds.  Psssssh. I cannot believe I just told all y’all about this grossness.  So, yeah.  Just know I spared you the REALLY disgusting details.

You’re welcome.