There are breaking reports that country singer Mindy McCready has committed suicide.
What a horrible result to a life that has been spiraling downward for years.
McCready, 37, had long stopped getting any notice as a country artist after she stopped charting singles in 2002. Sadly, the fascination turned to her train wreck of a life, which the press covered with that particular kind of relish reserved for the already down on their luck. And McCready provided an endless reserve of ammunition.
She seemed unable to get the help she needed to escape her demons or accept aid when it was offered, whether it was very publicly on "Celebrity Rehab" or in a more private forum. There were at least two reports of previous suicide attempts. And now there are two little boys, the most recent born less than a year ago, without a mother. The pain must have been blinding if she couldn’t see through it enough to save herself for them.
Today’s $10 goes to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Anyone can call the line 24 hours a day to get help.
Feb. 17: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
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