February 18, 2013 05:00 PM by Megan Wilson
More details are beginning to surface in the tragic death of Mindy McCready today. We’re hearing reports that the one time Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew star left a court ordered rehab facility prematurely, despite McCready threatening suicide. She ended up shooting her dog before turning the gun on herself.
Mindy McCready has struggled with substance abuse issues most of her professional career. While she seemed healthy after leaving Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew-even going on The View to give an interview, we’re learning that McCready was not in a peaceful place mentally. Dr. Drew wrote on a VH1 blog today that McCready “Was devastated. Although she was fearful of stigma and ridicule she agreed with me that she needed to make her health and safety a priority,” Dr. Drew admitted. “Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment.”
“Mental health issues can be life threatening and need to be treated with the same intensity and resources as any other dangerous potentially life threatening medical condition. Treatment is effective. If someone you know is suffering please be sure he or she gets help and maintains treatment.”
McCready was ordered to serve time in a rehab facility, but left after just 18 hours-amid reports that she had threatened to kill herself, said her ex boyfriend, Billy McKnight. Billy said that it was a “Big Mistake” to let McCready leave the rehab facility, after losing a custody battle over her children and her boyfriend’s suicide last month.
Authorities are saying that McCready shot the dog that David and Mindy shared, before shooting herself. The incident took place this morning at the same home that David committed suicide just a month earlier. Cleburne County Sheriff Marty Moss talked about the details of the scene, saying that the dog and McCready were lying next to each other.
Moss says that he expects a full cause of death to be released soon, but that all indicators are pointing to suicide.
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