Gayle Inge, the mother of the late Mindy McCready, said she wishes she could holder her daughter in her arms again, as she publicly spoke for the first time since the country singer’s apparent suicide on Sunday, to Celebuzz. Inge added that she will never get over her daughter’s death.
The 37-year-old McCready was found dead in her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas, after police responded to reports of hearing gunshots. The singer died of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to initial reports from the Cleburne County’s sheriff’s office. Inge said she and her family are trying to find ways to cope with, and mourn the loss of, her daughter.
“We break down and tell stories about her and laugh and talk about her and then break down again,” Inge said of remembering McCready. “We don’t know how to handle this or know what to do. We take it one day at a time.” Inge also said that she and her family are planning a memorial for her daughter, which is tentatively set for February 26.
McCready’s death comes after she battled multiple arrests, addictions and suicide attempts. Last month, her boyfriend and father of her younger child, David Wilson, was also found dead, reportedly also from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Earlier this month, the singer’s two children-Zander, 6, and Zayne, 10 months-were removed from her home. A judge ordered her to enter a treatment facility for mental health and alcohol issues. She was released into outpatient treatment one day later.
Written by: Karen Benardello