Country music fans awakened to the sad news that Mindy McCready was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The singer had been struggling in recent years over a variety of issues including a custody battle for her two young children. On this morning's Today show on NBC, the father of one of McCready's two children spoke about the sad news. Watch his appearance below.
"As sad as it is, it didn't come as a major shock because she's just been battling demons for so long,' ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight told Carl Quintanilla on TODAY Monday. "Of course, I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her. I feel for her mother and her family and especially my son, but I can't say that it shocked me.'
McCready was admitted to an inpatient facility for unspecified causes on Feb. 6, according to her publicist, and her two sons were placed in foster care during that time. She was still grieving the loss of boyfriend David Wilson, who died of a gunshot wound in his home in Heber Springs, Ark., in January. His death is still being investigated by police, and McCready had not been named a suspect.
McCready's body was found on the same porch at the home in Heber Springs where Wilson's body was found. Had McCready remained in inpatient care, McKnight believed there is a possibility it might have prevented her from apparently taking her own life.