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     Country singer Mindy McCready has been found dead at age 37 apparently of a self inflicted gun shot wound. She leaves behind two children, the youngest is 10 months old. The father of the youngest child killed himself one month ago.

Mindy's two biggest hits, 10,000 Angels and Guys Do It All the Time came out in the 1990's. Per CNN

Mindy wrote on her fan site:

"I haven't had a hit in almost a decade," she wrote in January 2012 on her official fan website. "I've spent my fortune, tarnished my public view and made myself the brunt of punch line after punch line. I've been beaten, sued, robbed, arrested, jailed, and evicted. But I'm still here. With a handful of people that I know and trust, a revived determination, and both middle fingers up in the air, I'm ready. I've been here before. I'm a fighter. I'm down, but I'll never be out."
Mindy struggled with mental illness, drug use and drinking. She had appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky. Also, Mindy was in the news in 2011 when she took her older son Zander in a custody dispute that led to a regional manhunt.

 Dr Pinsky, reported that he had contacted her after her boyfriend's suicide and encouraged her to get help. However he stated to CNN that he believed that the stigma of mental illness prevented her from getting the help she needed.

"When I heard she was struggling, I did reach out to her and urged her to go to take care of herself, get in a facility if she felt she needed," said Pinsky, who hosts his own program on CNN's sister network HLN.

"Her biggest fear was the stigma of doing so and what people would think if she, God forbid, took care of herself. And this to me is the most distressing part of this story. She is a lovely woman, we have lost her, and it didn't have to go down like this."

I feel incredibly sorry for her two kids.

    In the mid nineties I was going through a rough patch after a particularly bad breakup.
I started listening to country music that summer for the first time. Meanwhile a brand new artist had emerged on the scene named Mindy McCready, I have to admit I had a little crush on her at the time. Her songs helped me get through that little rough patch. I still listen to country music today.

May she rest in peace with her 10,000 angels.

Here are some links to some of her work:

10,000 Angels
Guys Do it All the Time

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  •  May she rest in peace (4+ / 0-)

    she had a superb voice.

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    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:35:00 PM PST

  •   a deeply troubled soul (4+ / 0-)
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    very sad.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:52:12 PM PST

  •  Why is it (1+ / 0-)
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    that really talented people seem to have the most demons?

    Maybe it is because those are the stories we here about, others just suffer without making the news.

    I enjoyed her music, I am really sorry that she chose to end things instead of seeking help.

    May she find peace, and her children find people to love and care for them.

    •  Oddly, the same genetics that make one (5+ / 0-)

      schizophrenic are very close to the genetic pattern seen in highly creative people.

      As a writer, you can imagine how learning that made me feel. But when you think about it -- the whole voices in your head thing... I have a lot of characters in my head, always have, and they're real to me in a way I love. (Was told by a shrink once... don't tell anybody else that, okay? But I think he meant other mental health professionals.)

      But as someone who's part of a large community of fiction writers, I can tell you that we've often discussed the question:

      Are we writers because we're a little bit crazy?

      Or does writing make us a little bit crazy?

      I have a theory that it's the writing, the expression of our creativity and exploring all of our various wounds that keeps us as sane as we are.

      Sadly, it's really difficult to sustain a creative career over a lifetime. We talk about needing to protect the work, the creative work, and you have to. It requires time and energy and in a way, separating the creative part of it from the business part of it, which isn't easy if you're trying to earn a living creatively.

      You have to try to be true to yourself as an artist, while still producing work regularly and not starving. That's a very tough mix, and novelists have it much easier than people like country singers, who are so much more in the spotlight.

      I would not want the kind of career where I had the visibility that singers do. I'm grateful novelists don't.

      Poor Mindy, married to an artist herself. That's another thing. Having a spouse who's also a creative type? Wow. That would have to be doubly hard, both on your creativity and your family income.

      My husband isn't creative at all. He's numbers and organizational abilities, calm and steady as can be, and I'm so grateful for that.

      Confession time: When I'm not ranting about politics, I write romance novels

      by teresahill on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:36:47 PM PST

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      •  bipolaar even more linked (3+ / 0-)
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        and many will not take the meds because getting rid of their demons might mean losing their angels

        fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

        by mollyd on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:14:33 PM PST

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        •  many studies - 1 such (2+ / 0-)
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          "Is there a connection between creativity — both artistic and scientific — and bipolar disorder, a mood disorder marked by wide swings between manic “highs” and depressive lows? This much-debated question may finally have an answer, thanks to a large-scale study from Sweden that confirms the link between creativity and artistic talent and mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

          Conducted by the Karolinska Institutet, a medical university near Stockholm, researchers looked at 40-years’ worth of data from Sweden’s health registry, including the anonymous records of almost 1.2 million patients and their relatives. Information included such statistics as health status and employment.

          The analysis turned up that certain mental health issues — in particular bipolar disorder — are more common among artists and scientists, from actors and dancers to physicists and computer scientists. It also became clear from the records, say researchers, that families with a history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia are also more likely to produce artists and scientists."

          fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

          by mollyd on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 11:20:11 PM PST

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        •  Stephen Fry said he wouldn't give up.. (1+ / 0-)
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          being bipolar because it was the source of much of his talent and drive.

    •  This is said a lot, I'm not sure I'm buying (1+ / 0-)
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      And I wonder how true it really is, or isit  mainly a reporting bias?

      In 2012 we had an example of the opposite - Dave Brubeck.  Very stable, very creative, never even friction between him and his kids when working in a professional setting.  No demons there...

      And I think to the world of mathematics.  Leonhard Euler lived into his mid 70's, producing ground breaking work (his fingerprints are on almost every subject of advanced math) until the very end, undeterred by total blindness for the last 15 years of his life.  He was said to have a very "normal" personal life.  But more people with a little knowledge of the history of math probably are more familiar with Blaise Pascal's insanity (he was a child prodigy, knocking on the door of calculus about the time of Newton's birth, only to give up math for religion after a nearly devastating accident).

      But these examples are pretty much the headline "Plane lands safely" and don't get the attention that the Mindy McReady and River Phoenix' get.  Quiet accomplishments don't get the attention that a train wreck get, despite the fact that those quite accomplishments are likely more important and lasting that what the train wrecks have given us.

      All in all very sad for the children.

      •  agreed (1+ / 0-)
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        not only do we hear less about the stable people, but celebrities also are solicited drugs and dangerous things more readily in some cases than "average" people who might have to work harder to seek them out.

        This myth is particularly silly in the world of literature, where for every Hemingway there are fifty people who live long, boring lives. In fact it is hard to consistently write and publish if you ARE having lots of troubles. It's an obstacle to success that only a few special people overcome.

  •  If you suspect you can't live... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...without your loved one, please get help NOW.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 10:33:11 PM PST

  •  said she had long term affair with Roger Clemens (0+ / 0-)

    I just know her name because a few years ago she said she started having an affair with Roger Clemens when she was a teenager.
    Not sure what the truth is but Clemens threatened to sue and he is still married to his wife. I guess I am ass but a woman who won't get help and orphans one  of her kids seems not to care about life.

  •  F what other people think (0+ / 0-)

    I wish she would of done what she needed to do to get through this rough patch instead of doing what she did.

    It's so sad.

    I ask him if he was warm enough? "Warm," he growled, "I haven't been warm since Bastogne."

    by Unrepentant Liberal on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 08:09:28 AM PST

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