Country singer Mindy McCready dies of apparent suicide after leaving rehab 

click to enlarge Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent suicide on her front porch Sunday in Heber Springs, Ark. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent suicide on her front porch Sunday in Heber Springs, Ark.

Mindy McCready threatened suicide after losing custody of her sons earlier this month, yet she was allowed to leave a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program just days before she apparently killed herself at her Arkansas home, her ex-boyfriend said Monday.

Billy McKnight, the father of her oldest child, Zander, said the 37-year-old mother of two stayed in the substance abuse treatment center for about 18 hours before she was allowed to walk free.

McCready died Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, a vacation community about 65 miles north of Little Rock. She was found dead on the front porch, where her longtime boyfriend, musician David Wilson, died last month of a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities are investigating both deaths as suicides but haven’t determined an official cause of death. Wilson’s dog was found fatally shot next to McCready’s body.

“That was a big mistake on the part of whoever released her” from rehab, McKnight said. “She was in a terrible state of mind. She doesn’t perform any more. She wasn’t working. She has two kids and her fiance was just killed. There’s no way she should be out by herself in a lonely house with nothing but booze and pills. That was a really, really bad mistake, and the end result is tragic.”

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