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article imageMindy McCready and her tragic ‘twin’

By Alexander Baron     Mar 7, 2013 in Entertainment
Heber Springs - Mindy McCready committed suicide last month, but so far no one appears to have noticed the striking parallels between her death and that of a TV presenter in London five years ago.
On February 17, Country & Western star Mindy McCready put a gun to her head and ended her short but troubled life. This was a woman who was relatively young - just 37, stunningly attractive, talented and with a large fan base. Nearly five years earlier, the TV presenter Mark Speight ended his life in London. He was 42 years old.
Speight lived with his younger girlfriend Natasha Collins; on January 3, 2008, Speight found her dead in the bath. After calling the police he was arrested on suspicion of murder - which although a fairly routine procedure clearly came as a nasty shock to a man who was already in shock. He was bailed pending further inquiries. On April 2, a coroner returned a verdict of accidental death. Miss Collins had suffered scalding over much of her body - due to the hot water being left to run - and was also found to have a considerable amount of cocaine in her system. Shades of Whitney Houston?
Five days after the inquest on Natasha Collins, Mark Speight disappeared. His body was found on a rooftop near London's Paddington Station on April 13. He had hanged himself.
Mindy McCready's suicide had likewise been triggered by intense grief. Like the younger Amy Winehouse and some would say a certain Rihanna, Mindy McCready had shown poor choice in men. Eight years ago, her lover Billy McKnight attacked her in her own home. Facing burglary and attempted murder charges, McCready pleaded with the court on his behalf, and he walked away with a slap on the wrist. The following year she gave birth to his son.
Eventually, having gotten rid of McKnight, she returned in 2010 after an eight year layoff with the aptly titled I'm Still Here, although sadly she wouldn't be for much longer.
Having found what she considered to be true love with record producer David Wilson and given birth to her second child, his son, she appeared to have put her demons behind her, but she wasn't the only one who had demons, and on January 13 this year, for some unfathomable reason, Wilson shot himself dead at the home they shared.
Although unlike Mark Speight, McCready was not arrested on suspicion of her lover's murder, she was questioned by the police - as a matter of routine. Tongues will wag though, the usual so-called conspiracy theorists and idle gossip. McCready actually went on TV to deny point blank that she had murdered Wilson.
Whether she would have taken her own life anyway or whether this was the straw that broke the camel's back, she soon followed him, shooting herself in similar fashion.
Mindy McCready's official website is still being maintained, and no doubt we will see some sort of biopic within a year or two. We will surely see the same for both Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse.
The greatest loss to music is her future songwriting; McCready had not written much, but was beginning to collaborate. She would surely have written from the heart.
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