January 15, 2013 02:30 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Country star Mindy McCready has struggled with addiction and other mental health issues for quite some time. Sadly, things aren’t about to get any easier. The Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew alum’s boyfriend died on Sunday night, apparently from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. He left behind his girlfriend and two young children.
According to the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, David Wilson — Mindy McCready’s live-in boyfriend — died of self-influcted gunshot wounds on Sunday evening. Emergency personnel arrived at 6:15 that night and attempted to revive David, but it was already too late.
The home in which David’s body was found was also the location of a 2011 scandal, during which Mindy was discovered hiding out with David’s son Zander following a long custody battle. At that time, Zander was pulled from Mindy’s arms and placed in a foster home.
On Monday, Mindy released the following statement: “Today, we mourn the loss of my life partner and my children’s father, David Wilson. David was my soulmate; he was a caregiver and guiding hand to our sons, Zander and Zayne. He was a precious gift from God to all of us and, yesterday, he returned home and is now with his mother and father. David loved and he was loved. Those who knew and loved him will miss him; those who did not know David missed the opportunity to know a truly loving and gifted man.”
David left behind not just Mindy, but also two children: 9-month-old Zayne (his son with Mindy McCready) and 6-year-old Zander (her son with singer Billy McKnight). We’re sure this is going to be a difficult time for David’s young family and we hope that each family member makes it through the struggle in one piece.
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