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1. Various Photos of Mindy McCready

STORYLINE:

AN ARKANSAS CORONER HAS CONFIRMED THE DEATH OF COUNTRY MUSIC STAR MINDY MCCREADY....WHO HIT THE TOP OF THE COUNTRY CHARTS BEFORE PERSONAL PROBLEMS SIDETRACKED HER CAREER.

THE CORONER DIDN'T HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION ON WHO WAS TAKING CARE OF HER TWO SONS.

MCCREADY ARRIVED IN NASHVILLE WITH TAPES OF HER KARAOKE VOCALS AND EARNED A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH BNA RECORDS.

HER SONG "GUYS DO IT ALL THE TIME" HIT NUMBER ONE ON THE CHARTS IN 1996, BUT PERSONAL PROBLEMS PLAGUED HER....STARTING IN 2004.

MINDY MCCREADY WAS 37.

................SIG OUT / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.