February 18, 2013


Dr. Drew Response to Mindy McCready Suicide: "I Did Reach Out"

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Last night news broke that country star Mindy McCready had committed suicide. The troubled singer who had been struggling with depression and substance abuse was found dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home, according to CNN. McCready was 37.

McCready had appeared on season three of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab. The singer stated on the show that she was addicted to prescription medication and alcohol. Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated McCready on the show, released the following statement about McCready's suicide:

"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.  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."

McCready's suicide comes one month after her boyfriend, the father of her 10-month old son, also took his own life.