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Country Singer Mindy McCready Was 'Fearful of Stigma,' Dr. Drew Says

(NEW YORK) -- Troubled country singer Mindy McCready was "devastated" after the January death of her boyfriend and "fearful of stigma and ridicule," according to Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated her in 2009 on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

McCready died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at her Arkansas home, police said. She was 37.

The country singer who soared to the top of the charts with her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, struggled with substance abuse, served time in jail and fought a lengthy battle with her mother over custody of her son.

The singer appeared on the third season of Dr. Drew's VH1 show. She is the fifth person who has appeared on the show to die.

"I am deeply saddened by this awful news," Dr. Drew said in a statement posted in a VH1 blog. "My heart goes out to Mindy's family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many."

Dr. Drew said that he had not treated McCready for a few years, but "reached out to her recently" after her boyfriend and father of one of her two children, David Wilson, died in January of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"She 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 said. "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," the doctor's statement said. "Treatment is effective. If someone you know is suffering, please be sure he or she gets help and maintains treatment."

Deputies from the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a report of gun shots fired at McCready's Heber Springs, Ark., home at around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There they found McCready on the front porch. She was pronounced dead at the scene from what appeared to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

When reached by phone today, the Cleburne County Sheriff's Office said the sheriff would be responding to questions later in the day.

McCready was ordered to enter rehab shortly after Wilson's death, and her two children, Zander, 6, and 9-month-old Zayne were taken from her. She was released after one day to undergo outpatient care.

McCready scored a number-one Billboard country hit in 1996 with "Guys Do It All the Time," but in recent years, the country crooner has received more media attention for her troubled personal life than her music.

McCready reportedly had a decade-long affair with baseball star Roger Clemens that began when she was a teen, the New York Daily News reported in 2008. Clemens' attorney at the time denied any improper relationship, but McCready discussed details of the relationship on television.

"This is sad news," Clemens said in a statement today, posted on the Houston Astros website. "I had heard over time that she was trying to get peace and direction in her life. The few times that I had met her and her manager/agent they were extremely nice."

She has been arrested multiple times on drug charges and probation violations and has been hospitalized for overdoses several times, including in 2010, when she was found unconscious at her mother's home after taking a painkiller and muscle relaxant.

Her mother, Gayle Inge, was appointed to be her son Zander's legal guardian in 2007 after McCready was arrested for violating probation on a drug-related charge. The boy's father is McCready's ex-boyfriend Billy McKnight.

Following a custody hearing in May 2011, McCready released a statement, saying, "We have progressed in a positive manner to reunite me and my son, Zander. I feel very optimistic this will happen in the near future."

But just six months later, in November 2011, she was accused of violating a court order for failing to bring Zander back to her mother in Florida after a visit. The boy was placed in foster care while McCready and her mother worked out the custody dispute.

McCready's struggle with substance abuse was broadcast in 2010 on the third season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

"You know what, I don't think I'm ever going to be one of those people that has a normal, quiet existence," McCready told ABC Radio in 2010. "I've been chosen for some reason to be bigger and larger than life in every way. Negative and positive."

McCready, who was born and raised in southern Florida, moved to Nashville when she was 18 to start her music career.

Within a few months, she was starting to work with producer David Malloy, who got her tapes to RLG Records. The company signed her to a contract after seeing her in concert, giving her a record deal less than a year after her arrival in Nashville.

Her debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, went gold within six months of its release in April 1996, and eventually went multi-platinum. Two more followed: If I Don't Stay the Night, in 1997; and I'm Not So Tough in 1999.

Her most recent album, I'm Still Here, featuring new versions of her early hits "Ten Thousand Angels" and "Guys Do It All the Time," was released in March 2010.


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Report: Lindsay Lohan's Dad Called Dr. Drew for Intervention

Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for amfAR(LOS ANGELES) -- Last week, Michael Lohan reportedly tried to stage an intervention for his daughter Lindsay Lohan at her home, but the effort reportedly crashed and burned when the cops were called on the would-be interveners for trespassing.

TMZ is now reporting that Michael looked to therapist Dr. Drew Pinsky to try to help Lindsay -- who her dad thinks has relapsed and needs rehab as well as a new set of positive influences.  However, the Celebrity Rehab host and therapist reportedly turned Michael down, saying Lindsay needed a lower-profile specialist, and recommended another expert to help.

So far, Lindsay's camp won't comment officially on the situation, though a "source" close to the actress insisted to TMZ that she's clean and sober.

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Is 'Celebrity Rehab' Going on Hiatus?

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity Rehab is going on an indefinite hiatus, reports  Season five of the reality show is currently airing on VH1, featuring Michael Lohan, Amy Fisher and Bai Ling.  A source told, "The decision was made to put the show on hiatus because Dr. Drew Pinsky is just too busy to continue to do the show. Dr. Drew can be seen nightly on HLN's Dr. Drew Show, and this fall, he has another television project he is going to be involved with, Life Changers, which is a Telepictures show."  The source added that Dr. Drew would "absolutely love to revisit doing the show again in the future when he has the time. Dr. Drew really enjoyed doing the show, even though it could be very emotionally grueling at times."

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Actor Jeff Conway Hospitalized, in Critical Condition

AbleStock[dot]com/Hemera Technologies(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jeff Conaway is in critical condition at a Los Angeles hospital.

His manager, Phil Brock, said Thursday the 60-year-old actor was found unconscious on May 11, with initial reports citing a drug overdose - possibly from painkillers - as the cause of the hospitalization.

Celebrity Rehab's Dr. Drew Pinksy came to Conaway's defense Friday, tweeting, "Just visited Jeff Conaway. He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia.Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead"

Dr. Pinsky also clarified the initial reports that Conaway was in a coma, tweeting that the actor is in an induced coma on a Propafol drip.

"Pneumonia with sepsis. No evidence of intentional OD."

In 2008 Conway appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab series, where he admitted his addiction to cocaine, alcohol and painkillers and talked about his sexual abuse as a child and his co-dependent relationship with his addict girlfriend Vikki.

During his second season on the show, Conaway left rehab before graduation and was seen taking painkillers after he arrived home.

Conaway began acting on Broadway at age 2, but it was his role as Danny's sidekick Kenickie in Grease that earned him fame.

He went on to star as out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler in Taxi.

After a number of television and film appearances, he landed another series playing Sgt. Zack Allan on Babylon 5.

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