By HAYLEY HARMON6 News Anchor/Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Fans of country music singer Mindy McCready are speaking out about her sudden death.
The 37-year-old was found dead Sunday at her home in Arkansas from what police say was a suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Just one month ago, the singer's boyfriend committed suicide at their home.
McCready leaves behind a 6-year-old son and 10-month-old baby boy.
Unfortunately, McCready's troubled personal life overshadowed much of her music career. So much so, most people say her death isn't coming as a total shock.
Her personal problems began to show up almost immediately after she entered the music scene in 1996.
She publicly battled drugs and alcohol, which led to drunk driving charges, drug overdoses, multiple suicide attempts, a sex tape and a bitter custody battle over one of her sons.
Dozens of fans called local country radio stations Monday to express their thoughts. Knoxville radio station Q93 received numerous calls.
"Very trouble life. Very sad news for a very talented lady," said Brad Allen of Q93.
"It's just such a terrible tragedy what happened with her," said one caller. "The country music world has lost one of its great shining stars today, so it's just really sad."
"I just can't believe it. I heard it this morning and I thought there is no way that this is true," said another caller.
Many are sad over her death, but wonder why it had to get this far.
"I just can't understand why somebody with that money and her career that nobody would jump up front and help her," said a caller.
Q93 Program Director Mike Hammond knew McCready personally.
He first met her in the mid-90's when she came to his radio station to tout her first-ever country music single.
Hammond says everyone in the music industry thought she'd be the next big thing.
"When you heard her voice and the presence that she had on the record, it was unbelievable. It was like an angel singing," said Hammond.
But he also described her as volatile. Her personal struggles clouded her once-promising career.
Hammond says he became worried about her over the last month.
Following her boyfriend's death, her children were put into foster care and McCready was sent to court-ordered rehab.
"That was of concern at the time because you wonder, how much more can she take?" said Hammond.
It's a tragic end to a turbulent life.
McCready attempted a comeback in 2010.
She released an album, but was never able to gain back the success she had in the beginning of her career.