Mindy McCready

'I call my life a beautiful mess and organized chaos ... I think that's really the life of a celebrity, of a big, huge, giant personality.'

As a young country-music star, McCready scored 12 hits, including "Guys Do It All the Time." But personal problems--drug and alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law--overwhelmed her career. On Feb. 17, a month after her boyfriend apparently took his own life, it seems McCready did the same. She was 37 years old and leaves behind two sons.


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!