A member of our community, that of recovery, has died after fighting a very long and public battle with addiction.
According to numerous media networks, including E News, McCreedy apparently succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head as revealed by the Arkansas sheriff's department.
Her death occurred on Sunday afternoon, February 17, just a little over a month after the alleged suicide of her live-in boyfriend, David Wilson, on January 13, 2013.
Although an investigation regarding Wilson's death is still on-going, he allegedly died of a single gunshot wound to his head as well.
McCreedy's music career debut occurred back in 1996 with the release of Ten Thousand Angels, which went multi-platinum and spawned two number one country hit singles. McCreedy became an overnight sensation and subsequently released four additional country albums, never to the same acclaim as the first.
Despite being a hit recording artist, McCreedy suffered her fair share of tragedies, among them being a victim of domestic violence; a very public end to a longtime affair with a married major league baseball player; and a highly publicized prescription pill addiction.
In fact, although she escaped prison time she was convicted of prescription drug fraud in 2004.
While on parole for the 2004 prescription drug conviction, McCreedy was sent to jail for several months in 2007 for violating the terms of her parole.
Most recently McCreedy lost custody of her children, as they were placed in foster care, and she was ordered to go to in-patient rehabilitation due to concerns that she was in "grave danger of hurting herself."
Days after being discharged and instructed to attend an outpatient rehabilitation program, McCreedy was found dead on the porch of a home in Herber Springs, Arkansas. Authorities were dispatched after individuals reported hearing a gunshot fired.
To all the newcomers out there, it does not have to end this way! Let the tragic end of the life of the very talented McCreedy be a cautionary tale.
If you are struggling please reach out to your fellow alcoholics and addicts. Let them love you until you can love yourself!
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Original Article URL: msn.com