Country artist Mindy McCready perfoms at the CMA Music Festival Thursday, June 5, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. / AP Photo/Bill Waugh
- McCready shot herself at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, on Sunday, February, 17th
- Her funeral service was held at the CrossRoads Baptist Church in her hometown of Fort Myers, Florida
- Over 400 mourners were in attendance
- The country singers mother Melody Gayle Inge, said the singer will always be her little girl in a car-seat singing into a hairbrush
A second secret autopsy was performed on tragic country singer Mindy McCready after her untimely death, leading to speculation that drugs may have played a part in her suicide, it was revealed today.
According to The National Enquirer, McCready’s body went on a bizarre trip from the autopsy slab to an Arkansas funeral home and back to the coroner’s lab before being shipped to her native Florida for the funeral, which took place yesterday.
‘Right after the coroner released Mindy’s body to a funeral home in Arkansas, they suddenly demanded that it be sent back to the coroner’s office for “additional tests”,’ a source told the Enquirer.
Tragic couple: The suicide awareness video that country music star Mindy McCready had been working on right before her death has been released
Mindy McCready’s emotional funeral took place in Fort Myers, the Florida city where she was born and raised today
‘No one knows what those tests involved but it was a very unusual request as it delayed sending her body for burial.’
The mother-of-two shot herself on the porch of her Heber Springs, Arkansas home almost a month after her boyfriend David Wilson did the same thing.
She had just checked out of rehab where she was ordered into a mental health substance abuse program after admitting in court she had ‘indulged in too much alcohol’ trying to cope with her boyfriend’s death.
There has been speculation she was put on medication while she was in the facility, some of which may have pushed her to the edge – as some antidepressants may cause or increase suicidal thoughts.
Dr Lawrence Kobilinsky – who did not treat McCreary – told the Enquirer: ‘Mindy’s body was most likely called back for additional toxicology testing. We don’t know what medication she may have been prescribed while under involuntary commitment or an outpatient treatment program.’
Around 400 people attended the 2pm funeral service yesterday which was opened to the public at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers.
McCready’s music played in the background and her image was shown on a large screen behind the altar.
Mother’s pain: At the emotional funeral, Mindy’s mother, Melody Gayle Inge, pictured, said the singer will always be her little girl in a car-seat singing into a hairbrush
At the emotional funeral Mindy’s mother, Melody Gayle Inge, said the singer will always be her little girl in a car-seat singing into a hairbrush.
‘I cannot imagine how we go on from here,’ Ms Inge said.
She also said she was happy that her daughter’s pain would now be healed in heaven after having endured such struggles while living.
Mindy’s funeral was opened to the public by her mother.
.Mindy McCready’s funeral took place at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Florida
.Unidentified funeral goers arrive for Mindy McCready’s service at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Florida
.Over 400 family and friends arrived to pay their respects to the legednary country singer who was laid to rest today in Fort Myers, Florida
Too much: The strain proves almost overwhelming for one mourner who came to pay her respects to Mindy McCready today
Melody Gayle Inge welcomes mourners to her daughters funeral today at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers, Florida along with her husband and Michael Inge (right)
A large portrait of McCready graced the stage, and her casket was covered with white roses as her mother Gayle Inge gave an emotional eulogy
Mourning: Jill Stancel places her hands on the coffin of Mindy McCready as her music played in the background and her image was shown on a large screen behind the altar
Mindy’s cousin Tristan stood and spoke of her tears and pain at losing her relative after McCready took her own life on February 17th
‘Mindy’s life was public and the family welcomes friends and fans to join them in a celebration of Mindy’s life,’ she said in a statement to USA Today.
‘Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless,’ said Inge.
‘I know she wanted to be healed. We talked about this,” Inge said. “She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand.’
The singer, known for her hits ‘Guys Do It All the Time’ and ‘Ten Thousand Angels’, also had tributes paid to her by her brother and stepfather.
Her brother, Sky, recalled how they raised each other growing up and used to play the video game Pac Man all night when she visited after she became famous.
The service came nine days after the troubled singer shot herself in at her lakefront home in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
Sky Phelan, (left) Mindy’s brother, gave an emotional speech at his sister’s funeral where he told of their lives growing up together as did her other brother Timothy McCready (right)
Pallbearers included McCready’s three brothers — Timothy, Joshua and Skyler and some of her cousins
As mourners filed into Crossroads Baptist Church, McCready’s casket was delivered in a white hearse escorted by two police cars.
As songs from the singers often checkered career played, two large video screens played out a montage of photographs charting the course of her life.
One of the pictures included in the series was a glossy picture of her and onetime fiancé Dean Cain.
As she fought back tears during the funeral service, her Ms Inge told those gathered, ‘Mindy adored her two children. She wanted them to know that.
‘Through much agony and pain, she went to heaven. She is no longer sick. She is healed. Thank you for all who are here. Please pray for those boys. No matter what, she will always be my little girl, sitting in her car seat, singing into a hairbrush. The world was her stage.’
McCready committed suicide Feb. 17 at her home in Arkansas, days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program
Solemn Duty: A white hearse, escorted by two police cars, delivered the singer’s wooden casket to the service and took her to be buried nearby
Her stepfather Michael Inge played out Bobby Helms’s ‘You Are My Special Angel’.
Prior to the funeral, family members had said that Crossroads Baptist was selected because Mindy used to go to the church every once in a while.
And before the service, Gayle Inge released a statement saying, ‘Our family is devastated by the loss of our beautiful and talented daughter, Mindy McCready. Her life, no matter how brief, touched many, and she will forever be our special angel.’
The service ended with Mindy’s stepfather and mother thanking the church, family, friends and media for coming to the funeral. Mindy’s two children Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9 months, are not believed to have attended.
McCready is survived by two sons, one by McKnight and the other by David Wilson, her boyfriend who took his own life 36 days before Mindy did.
McCready will be buried in Ft. Myers. A second memorial service for her professional colleagues to attend is to take place in Nashville in early March.
Just last week it was claimed that the 37-year-old’s first suicide attempt was in July 2005 when she overdosed on pills and alcohol. It came two months after her former fiance and father of her eldest son Zander assaulted her and left her in the hospital.
She was also facing legal troubles for a DUI and using a fake prescription to buy OxyContin.
LA Times music writer Mikael Wood told E! News: ‘After the altercation with McKnight she tried to cut ties with him. But there was a second attempt after she got back with him. She was found unconscious in a hotel lobby in Florida and hospitalized.’
This was McCready second overdose, in September 2005, this time on antidepressants, while pregnant with her and McKnight’s son Zander.
Wood said: ‘[Zander] turned out to be OK, but there was a third attempt in 2008,’ referring to the time she slit her wrists at her home in Nashville.
The fourth attempt was in 2010. Wood said authorities took her to the hospital for an overdose though it was not clear if it was intentional or not.
‘The fifth suicide attempt was the one that took her life,’ Wood told E! News.
McCready shot the dog before taking her own life. He sons were in foster care at the time.
Billy McKnight said: ‘As sad as it is, it didn¿t come as a major shock, because she¿s just been battling demons for so long. I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her’
Former fiance Billy McKnight and father of her eldest son Zander said he strongly believes that she would have killed her two young children if they had been along with her.
He told the National Enquirer: ‘Just look at what she did and how she did it. She killed the dog before she killed herself and I fear she would have taken those kids with her too if they had been there.’
The lead singer of country rock group Soul Circus Cowboys said earlier this week McCready’s suicide came as no shock to him as he was with her when she tried it twice before.
Leading lady: Mindy McCready became an instant star in 1996 at age 20 with the release of her debut album ‘Ten Thousand Angels.’ She dated ‘Lois and Clark’ actor Dean Cain and was frequently seen on the red carpet
Yellow crime-scene tape blocks off the home of Mindy McCready in Heber Springs, Arkansas on Monday, February 18, 2013, the day after the country singer was found dead there Sunday in an apparent suicide