Celebrity Rehab’s Mindy McCready killed herself

Country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide today. She was 37, and the fifth former cast member of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to die.

Dateline NBC reporter Andrea Canning reported that “Mindy McCready’s best friend [said] that she shot and killed herself this evening.” Nashville’s Fox affiliate reported the same thing, and a police statement confirmed that she was “pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Mindy was ordered into mental health and alcohol abuse treatment following the Jan. 13 shooting death of her partner, David Wilson, and her children were taken into custody by the state of Arkansas.

Mindy McCready appeared on the third season of the VH1 show, facing addiction to alcohol, OxyContin, and “violent relationships,” as her VH1 bio said.

Former Real World cast member Joey Kovar died last August, Rodney King died in June, Jeff Conaway died in May 2011, and Mike Starr died two months earlier.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.