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Country singer Mindy McCready  appears in a December 2011 interview for 20/20. - Provided courtesy of ABC

Mindy McCready dead at 37: Timeline of singer's troubles

02/18/2013 by Corinne Heller

Country singer Mindy McCready, was found dead after an apparent suicide on Sunday, February 17. She was 37 years old and leaves behind two children, including a baby.

Police in Heber Springs, Arkansas discovered her body at her home -- the same place where her boyfriend David Wilson was found dead in January. Both appeared to have taken their own lives.

McCready had battled drug and alcohol addictions for years prior to her death and had attempted suicide before, which landed her on season 3 of "Celebrity Rehab" in 2010. Check out a timeline of her troubles below.

1995 - McCready and Dean Cain, star of "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," begin dating. She is 19 years old.

July 1997 - The romance between McCready and Cain is made public. On September 9, the two announce they are engaged.

August 1998 - Cain and McCready break up.

November 2004 - Mindy McCready pleads guilty to prescription drug fraud and is sentenced to three years of supervised probation. She had been charged with illegally obtaining OxyContin, a powerful painkiller.

Spring of 2005 - McCready begins dating Jonathan Roda, a 32-year-old suspected scam artist who would later be arrested for identity theft and attempted fraud.

May 6, 2005 - McCready is arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being pulled over for speeding in Nashville.

May 8, 2005 - McCready's boyfriend William "Billy" McKnight, an aspiring country singer, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated burglary after allegedly breaking into her home and assaulting her. She is treated at a hospital. He pleads not guilty, then pleads guilty to assault after the charges are reduced and spends 30 days in jail.

July 2005 - McCready was hospitalized in Florida after attempting suicide via drugs and alcohol. She was 29 years old. She was found unconscious by McKnight.

August 2005 - McCready is found guilty of violating her probation in Tennessee.

Sept. 23, 2005 - McCready is hospitalized in Nashville after attempting suicide. She had overdosed on antidepressant pills.

November 2005 - In an interview on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," McCready says she had attempted suicide twice after arguing with McKnight, adding: "I wanted him to take responsibility for it. I wanted him to be extremely sorry for it." She also says she still loves him and that she is carrying his baby. A restraining order issued by the State of Tennessee dictates she must stay away from him. She does not comply.

"We are still not allowed to see each other legally," she said on CNN's "Larry King Live."Obviously, we have as I am pregnant. But we're not allowed."

March 2006 - McCready gives birth to her and McKnight's son, Zander. He is her first child. July 2006 - McCready is cleared of her DUI charge but is convicted on one count of driving on a suspended license.

July 21, 2007 - McCready is arrested for misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest after getting into a drunken, violent fight with her mother. She is charged with violating her probation.

September 2007 - McCready is sentenced to one year in jail, community service and two extra years of probation. Her jail sentence lasts five months.

June 2008 - McCready is charged with faking community service records and violating her probation and is sentenced to 60 days in jail. She loses custody of her son, who goes to live with her mother.

July 2008 - McCready enters rehab for substance abuse and emotional issues after suffering a miscarriage. "Access Hollywood" reported that she had become pregnant by a new boyfriend that she had begun dating three months prior.

September 2008 - McCready begins her jail sentence. She is released after 30 days -- half the time, due to good behavior.

November 2008 - McCready tells "Inside Edition" that she dated baseball player Roger Clemens for about 10 years. She said she met him at a karaoke bar when she was 16 and he was 28 and that they didn't have sex until several years later. Clemens, who was and is still married, had denied such a relationship and also denied earlier reports that said she was 15 when they met.

Dec. 17, 2008 - McCready is hospitalized after suicide attempt. She was found unconscious by her brother in Nashville.

2009 - McCready films episodes for season 3 of VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," which airs in January 2010. One episode shows her suffering a seizure, spurred by her detoxing from drugs and alcohol, in front of show roommate Mackenzie Phillips.

March 2010 - McCready releases her fifth and final studio album, "I'm Still Here." It is her least successful album and ranks low on country music charts.

March 2010 - Adult film company Vivid Entertainment announces that it is releasing a sex tape called "Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress," which shows the singer with a new man and also shows her talking about Clemens.

May 2010 - McCready is hospitalized and her mother tells emergency services that she may have suffered a prescription pill overdose but later says she was mistaken, adding that she jumped to the conclusion after finding an empty bottle of painkillers.

Nov. 29, 2011 - McCready spurs a missing persons report to be filed after she picks up her son Zander from her stepfather's house in Florida and disappears. The child was under the custody of the singer's mother, while McCready maintained visitation rights.

Nov. 30, 2011 - McCready tells "Access Hollywood" that she is working with lawyers to straighten the situation and denies kidnapping her son.

Nov. 30, 2011 - McCready's rep says the singer is five months pregnant with twins. December 2011 - Arkansas authorities find McCready hiding with her son in a closet inside a home, then take the child away. The singer asks a court to restore custody to her. Zander is placed in foster care amid the custody battle and attends school in Arkansas.

"What I did was to protect my child, and there's not a person in the world that's going to tell me that that is wrong," she told ABC News.

April 9, 2012 - McCready welcomes a baby boy, Zayne, with record producer David Wilson, her boyfriend of more than two years.

December 2012 - McCready wins back custody of Zander.

Jan. 13, 2013 - Wilson is found dead at McCready's home from a gunshot wound. That the singer's rep said was self-inflicted. Police open an investigation. McCready denies causing his death and recalls seeing it happen and calling 911, telling NBC News: "He was my life."

Feb. 6, 2013 - Both of McCready's sons are placed in foster care and the singer enters a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility, by order of a judge. She is released days later and promises to enter an outpatient treatment program.

Feb. 17, 2013 - McCready is found dead on her porch of her home in Heber Springs, Tennessee -- the same house where Wilson died.

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