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Gone But Not Forgotten: Notable Celebrity Deaths In 2013

12/31/2013 7:01pm EST
celebrity deaths in 2013
As 2013 comes to a close, it's time to reflect on all the stars we lost this year.

From the shocking deaths of Glee star Cory Monteith and Fast & Furious' Paul Walker, to those who left us in old age, on their terms, we bid them one last goodbye.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on. May they rest in peace.


Singer Patti Page died in California on January 1, 2013. She was 85. (obit)


"The Sopranos" actor Tony Lip died on January 4 at the age of 82. (obit)


"Diff'rent Strokes" actor Conrad Bain died of natural causes at the age of 89 on January 14. (obit)...

LeAnn Rimes Wants To Play Mindy McCready

3/18/2013 2:30pm EDT
Leann Rimes
LeAnn Rimes wants to play country singer Mindy McCready, who shot herself dead last month, in a big screen movie about her life.

The Can't Fight The Moonlight singer is a huge fan of the talented country star - who committed suicide in February - and would reportedly love to tackle her tragic life story on the big screen.

A source told In Touch magazine: "She is negotiating to buy the rights to Mindy's story and star as her. She is done with all of the drama in her own personal life and wants to concentrate on her career, especially acting."

Though she's best known as a singer, Rimes ha...

Private Investigator: 'Mindy McCready May Have Been Murdered'

2/28/2013 2:35pm EST
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A top Hollywood private detective has urged police in Arkansas not to rush to call country star Mindy McCready's death a suicide because the evidence suggests the singer may have been murdered.

McCready's body was found on the porch of the home she shared with her late boyfriend David Wilson on February 17th and initial reports suggested she had shot herself. Musician Wilson died in the same spot a month before - and police are still investigating his death as a possible suicide too.

However, famed private investigator Paul Huebl has now gone public with his thoughts about the double tr...

The Tragic Life And Death Of Country Star Mindy McCready

2/24/2013 9:00am EST
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Her career ruined by drug addiction, bad relationships, and legal problems, this week's issue of PEOPLE examines the tragic life and troubled end of Nashville singer Mindy McCready, 37, who took her own life just five weeks after the mysterious death of her boyfriend, songwriter David Wilson, 34. Alone and adrift, McCready seemed to have little concept of time in the blurry month following the apparent suicide of Wilson on Jan. 13 at the lakefront home they shared in quiet Heber Springs, Arkansas.

"She would call you at 2 in the morning and then would call you 20 minutes later and act like...

Dean Cain 'Saddened But Not Surprised' By Ex-Fiancee Mindy McCready's Death

2/21/2013 1:03pm EST
Dean Cain
Mindy McCready's ex-fiance Dean Cain has broken his silence about the country star's death on Sunday, revealing her suicide did not surprise him.

The former TV Superman was engaged to McCready from 1997 to 1998 and tells news show Access Hollywood they didn't wed because she caused too much drama.

Following their break-up, the singer battled substance abuse and legal issues and appeared on reality TV show Celebrity Rehab in a desperate bid to turn her life around. She also spent time behind bars for a probation violation and gave birth to two sons, Zander, six, and 10-month-old Zayne.

Lisa D'Amato Devastated By Mindy McCready's Death

2/20/2013 1:17pm EST
Lisa D'Amato
Lisa D'Amato feels "numb" following the death of her former Celebrity Rehab co-star Mindy McCready on Sunday.

The Guys Do It All the Time singer was found dead at her home in Arkansas following an apparent suicide, just a month after the sudden death of her producer boyfriend David Wilson, who is also believed to have taken his own life.

McCready appeared on the 2009 series of Dr. Drew Pinsky's series, and is the fifth of his TV patients to die after signing up for the show, and D'Amato is distraught about her death.

The America's Next Top Model star tells, "I'm numb fr...

Porn Company Pulls Mindy McCready's Sex Tape From Distribution

2/20/2013 8:51am EST
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Following country star Mindy McCready's apparent suicide on Sunday, Vivid Entertainment has pulled her sex tape from the market.

Out of respect for the singer, company boss Steve Hirsch said "Mindy McCready: Baseball Mistress" is no longer being distributed. The DVD was released in 2010 and depicts the singer getting intimate with a former boyfriend. It's unclear where the footage was shot.

The title of the film refers to an alleged affair she had with former New York Yankees star Roger Clemens.

Hirsh told there are no plans to resume distribution of the x-rated video.

Last mont...

Richard Marx Slams Dr. Drew Over Mindy McCready's Death

2/19/2013 2:40pm EST
Richard Marx
Rocker Richard Marx has taken aim at TV doctor Drew Pinsky for failing to help his former patient, embattled singer Mindy McCready, following her apparent suicide on Sunday.

The deeply troubled country musician became the fifth of Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab clients to die after appearing on the show to battle substance abuse issues, and Marx is convinced their TV treatment did nothing to actually help the tragic stars.

The singer/songwriter lashed out at Pinsky via after hearing the news of McCready's death, comparing the medic to controversial assisted suicide advocate Jack...

Mindy McCready Killed Her Dog Before Committing Suicide

2/18/2013 8:30pm EST
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Troubled Country singer Mindy McCready shot and killed her dog before turning the gun on herself, according to several reports.

McCready's body was found on the porch of her Heber Springs, Arkansas, home next to the body of late boyfriend David Wilson's dog. Neighbors say they heard two gunshots and both McCready and the pet were each killed by a single gunshot wound.

Music producer Wilson took his own life on January 13 in the exact same manner -- a single gunshot on the front porch.

McCready was named a "person of interest" in the case, which is still under investigation; and Wilson's ...

Mindy McCready Is Fifth Star From 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew' To Die

2/18/2013 5:37pm EST
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Country music singer Mindy McCready's death on Sunday marks the fifth time that a troubled star who appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew has died.

McCready was found on the porch of her rural Arkansas home on Sunday, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound just weeks after her two children were taken away from her and put in a foster home.

According to the Associated Press, the singer reportedly threatened to kill herself after losing custody of her boys, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 10 months.

McCready was cast on the third season of the show in 2009, one of nine stars suff...

Country Stars Pay Tribute To Mindy McCready

2/18/2013 2:07pm EST
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Country singers including Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Chely Wright have paid tribute to Mindy McCready following her death in an apparent suicide.

The tragic singer's body was found at her Arkansas home on Sunday and reports suggest the 37 year old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The country world has been rocked by news of the tragedy and a host of fellow musicians have taken to to remember McCready, who left behind two sons, Zander, six, and 10-month-old Zayne.

Underwood writes, "I grew up listening to Mindy McCready... so sad for her family tonight. Man...

Mindy McCready Found Dead In Apartment Of Apparent Suicide

2/18/2013 7:36am EST
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Country music star Mindy McCready has been found dead from an apparent suicide.

The troubled singer's body was found at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas on Sunday and reports suggest the 37 year old passed away from a self-inflicted gun shot wound, according to E! Online.

McCready's death comes just one month after her boyfriend, music producer David Wilson, was found dead from a suspected suicide in January.

Earlier this month, a judge committed the singer to a medical facility after concerned family members questioned her ability to care for her two sons, Zander, six, and nine-month...

Family Services Officials Take Mindy McCready's Children

2/7/2013 4:26pm EST
Mindy McCready
Country star Mindy McCready's kids have reportedly been removed from her care less than a month after the death of her boyfriend.

Sources tell E! News that Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services officials arrived at the troubled singer's home in Heber Springs on Wednesday and took Zander, six, and nine-month-old Zayne.

An insider tells the website, "Mindy needs to get help and we all care and love her and we want her to get the right help so she can move on. She is in a bad state right now, depressed and unhappy. It is not good."

The removal comes just eight days after McCr...

Mindy McCready Denies Involvement In Her Boyfriend's Death

1/29/2013 8:45pm EST
Mindy McCready
Country singer Mindy McCready wept as she sat down to answer questions about her lover's apparent suicide for a TV interview and denied having anything to do with his death.

Music producer David Wilson, the father of McCready's nine-month-old son Zayne, died on January 13th from a gunshot wound at their home in Arkansas.

McCready has opened up about the tragedy in an emotional interview for news show Dateline, and broke down in tears as she recalled how she held Wilson in her arms as he died on the front porch of their house.

She tells host Andrea Canning, "I just started screaming an...

Mindy McCready Doesn't Attend Boyfriend's Memorial

1/29/2013 8:25am EST
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Country star Mindy McCready declined to attend a memorial for her late boyfriend in Arkansas, according to a report.

Music producer David Wilson, the father of McCready's nine-month-old son Zayne, died on January 13th from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Family and friends gathered at Stone Chapel in Fayetteville on January 19th to pay their last respects, but McCready and Zayne were not present, according to a source who helped organize the gathering.

The insider, a friend of Wilson's, tells, "She might have wanted to deal with it in her own way. I think she wanted someth...

Mindy McCready Gives Birth To Son Zayne; Other Child Still In Foster Care

4/13/2012 8:40am EDT
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Country star Mindy McCready is a mom again - the singer gave birth to her second child, Zayne, on Monday.

The 37 year old told reporters she was pregnant with twins during a custody battle over her six-year-old son Zander at the end of 2011, but there was no mention of another child in a statement she made on Thursday.

She wrote, "Zayne is truly a blessing and a joy. It was a long and trying pregnancy; we're so happy he's here. There are no words to convey how happy we are."

The baby's father is music producer David Wilson.

The birth comes months after the star sparked a manhunt in Nove...

Mindy McCready's 5-Year-Old Son Stuck In Foster Care

2/24/2012 9:41am EST
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Mindy Mccready's five-year-old son Zander is in foster care while his mother, father and grandma battle for custody of the little boy.

The singer sparked a manhunt in November when she took Zander from her mother's home in Florida and spent a week hiding out with him in Arkansas, insisting she had every right to be with her son.

In fact, McCready had been stripped of her custody rights when she was jailed in 2008 and her estranged mother Gayle Inge was named the boy's guardian.

Following last year's family drama, McCready, who is reportedly pregnant with twins, has revisited her custody ...

Mindy McCready's Mother Appeals For Grandson's Christmas Return To Florida

12/23/2011 8:00am EST
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Country star Mindy McCready's estranged mother has issued a plea to Arkansas authorities to reunite her with her grandson in time for Christmas, three weeks after he was taken into foster care.

The singer lost custody of her son Zander in 2007 following drug abuse and battery charges and her mom, Gayle Inge, was appointed his legal guardian.

McCready has been fighting to regain legal care of the five year old ever since, and she hit headlines earlier this month after failing to return the boy to his father Bill McKnight's Florida home following a visit.

A missing person's report was file...

Mindy McCready Attacks Law Officials For Stand-Off On TV

12/8/2011 9:40pm EST
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Troubled country star Mindy McCready has attacked the U.S. officials who took her son away from her following a stand-off at a home in Arkansas a week ago in a new TV interview.

The singer, who is accused of parental abduction and faces criminal charges after taking her five-year-old son Zander from his father's home after a visitation, has taped a TV spot with ABC News anchorwoman Andrea Canning in an effort to explain her actions.

McCready's ex-boyfriend Bill McKnight filed a missing persons report when his son was not returned home in Florida and McCready was ordered to take the kid ba...

Mindy Mccready Not Charged With Kidnapping Son

12/7/2011 12:08am EST
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Country singer Mindy McCready was all smiles as she left an Arkansas court room on Monday after kidnapping charges against her were dropped during a closed-door session.

The "Ten Thousand Angels" singer took her five-year-old son Zander from his father's home in Florida last week and refused to return him by a court-issued deadline.

Pregnant McCready, who does not have custody of the boy, took him to her home in Tennessee. She was found hiding with her son in a closet in an Arkansas home on Friday.

Leaving court on Monday, she told reporters, "I can't talk about it, but I tell y'all I'm ...

Mindy McCready's Son Taken Into Care In Arkansas

12/3/2011 10:00am EST
Mindy McCready
Mindy McCready's young son Zander has been taken into care in Arkansas, according to reports.

The five-year-old boy was picked up from a property belonging to the country star's boyfriend on Friday after a Florida judge issued an emergency order allowing authorities to take him into care. He was said to have been in good health.

Authorities at the Florida Department of Children and Families tell they are working with Arkansas officials to return Zander to his maternal grandmother, his legal guardian since 2007.

The boy's father Bill McKnight filed a missing persons report on ...

Mindy McCready: 'If I Have To Go To Jail, So Be It'

12/2/2011 9:27am EST
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Defiant country star Mindy McCready is challenging a judge's ruling to return her son to his father, insisting she'll risk jail to keep the five-year-old safe.

The singer took Zander from her ex-boyfriend Bill McKnight's Florida home on Tuesday, prompting his worried dad to file a missing persons report.

McCready, who does not have custody of the boy, insisted the drama was overblown in a statement on Wednesday and then revealed she was pregnant with twins.

A Florida judge demanded that the singer return her son to his dad by Thursday evening, but it appears McCready is determined to tes...

Mindy McCready Is Pregnant With Twins

11/30/2011 10:14pm EST
Mindy McCready
Troubled country star Mindy McCready is pregnant with twins.

Just hours after dismissing reports she had kidnapped her five-year-old son Zander from his father Bill McKnight's home in Florida, the singer has revealed she's expecting again - and the 36 year old tells she is five months pregnant.

The father of her unborn babies is unknown.

McCready, who does not have custody of Zander, has been ordered to return her son to his father's home by Thursday evening.

Reports suggest McKnight filed a missing persons report on Tuesday after McCready took Zander from his property in Cap...

Mindy McCready Wanted In Florida For Taking Son

11/30/2011 12:38pm EST
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Officials in Florida are hunting for country star Mindy McCready after she allegedly took her son from his father's home without permission.

The singer has been fighting her mother, Gayle Inge, for custody of her five-year-old son Zander ever since she was released from prison after serving time for a probation violation in 2008.

The youngster was at his father Bill McKnight's home in Cape Coral when McCready, who turns 36 on Wednesday, allegedly took him in the last few days.

Family members have filed a missing person report, and officials for the Department of Children and Families ...

'Celebrity Rehab' Postponed Over Lack Of Star Power

6/1/2010 10:06pm EDT
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The reality series fronted by celebrity drug and alcohol counselor Dr.Drew Pinsky has been shelved - because too many troubled stars refused to be a part of the show.

A week after Tila Tequila, Jason Wahler and rapper Bizzy Bone signed up for the new season of "Celebrity Rehab", the show has been postponed. reports producers failed to land enough big name stars to front the hard-hitting show.

The program was scheduled to start shooting on Tuesday.

Reports also suggest Lindsay Lohan turned down $1 million to appear on the show.

Past stars who have checked in for "Celebrity Rehab...

Mindy McCready's Rep Slams Overdose Reports

5/25/2010 7:30pm EDT
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Mindy McCready's representative has fired back at reports the country star has suffered a suspected drug overdose, insisting the singer's mother "overreacted" when she called for emergency services.

The star, who has a history of alcohol and drug abuse, was reportedly found passed out at her mother Gayle's home in Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday morning. Paramedics were called and McCready was transported to Cape Coral Hospital. Reports suggested she took a muscle relaxant and the painkiller Darvocet.

However, the singer's spokesman, Brent Young, has played down the incident, revealing M...

Mindy McCready Hospitalized With Suspected Overdose

5/25/2010 1:38pm EDT
Mindy McCready
Country star Mindy McCready has been hospitalized in Florida after suffering a suspected drug overdose.

The singer, who has a history of alcohol and drug abuse, was found passed out at her mother Gayle's home in North Fort Myers on Tuesday morning, according to reports.

Paramedics were called to the property and transported her to Cape Coral Hospital. Sources claim McCready had taken a muscle relaxant and the painkiller Darvocet. Her condition was unknown as WENN went to press.

McCready's hospitalization comes just days after she won a court judgment to reopen custody proceedings in t...

Mindy McCready Sex Tape Release Put On Hold

4/7/2010 8:55am EDT
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Lawyers for Mindy McCready have managed to temporarily block the release of a sex tape allegedly featuring the troubled country star and a mystery man.

The singer denied filming herself in the bedroom and threatened legal action against bosses at Vivid Entertainment after they announced plans to sell Mindy McCready: Baseball Mistress, claiming it contained footage of the star in x-rated scenes. The blonde was also said to describe her bedroom encounters with celebrity ex-lovers, including actor Dean Cain and country singer Alan Jackson, in the clip.

Now, Vivid executives have decided to...

Mindy McCready Sex Tape Reveals Roger Clemens' Impotence (Video)

3/30/2010 8:28am EDT
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Troubled country star Mindy McCready has become the latest celebrity to feature in a sex tape.

In "Mindy McCready: Baseball Mistress," the fallen singer appears in alleged X-rated scenes with a mystery boyfriend and tells graphic tales of her bedroom encounters with celebrity ex-lovers. The title is a reference to McCready's alleged affair with former sportsman Roger Clemens.

Bosses at distributor Vivid Entertainment promise the tape includes "almost an hour of action interspersed with a narrative about her former lovers, who included Red Sox and Yankees pitching great Roger Clemens, acto...

Mindy McCready Has New Lease On Life

11/14/2005 8:30am EST
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Mindy McCready is no stranger to controversy. After a tumultuous year filled with legal troubles, a disturbing domestic violence episode, and two suicide attempts, the country music star is on the road back to recovery, both personally and professionally.

"I'm not looking back anymore," McCready said. "I've got so much to live for and things are rapidly improving for me, too." McCready noted that her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey TV Show was a watershed moment for her. "I realized I could be free of all the relationships that kept me in pain. I just decided that I'm moving on," ...