Mindy McCready was mourned today at a funeral in her hometown of Fort Myers, Florida. According to reports, about 200 attended the service at Crossroads Baptist Church to remember the singer, who committed suicide Feb. 17.
As mourners filed in, McCready's music played over the background while a large image of her stood near by.
McCready's mother, Gayle Inge, spoke emotionally about her daughter's struggles, including recent "allegations" that brought the star to her lowest point.
"Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless. I know she wanted to be healed. We talked about this," Inge said, according to the News-Press  daily. "She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand."
Inge told mourners that she was going to give McCready's sons special bracelets "so that they are reminded that she's healed. She's no longer sick."
McCready's little brother Sky also spoke and her stepfather played a song he composed for her. "Mindy's our special angel / Right from paradise / I know that you're an angel / Heaven is in your eyes."
The 37-year-old mother of two died from a single gunshot to the head at her home in Arkansas days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse treatment program. It occured a month after the death of her boyfriend David Wilson -- also believed to be suicide -- in the same house.
In the mid-'90s, however, McCready enjoyed a string, albeit relatively brief, of hits on Billboard's country charts, arriving in 1996 with a pair of top 10 singles and a top 10 album at the format.
McCready charted 12 titles on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from 1996 to 2002, including three top 10s: "Ten Thousand Angels" (No. 6, 1996), "Guys Do It All the Time" (No. 1, 1996) and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)" (No. 4, 1997).
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