A number of years ago I met Mindy McCready at a country radio event in Nashville where our morning show was broadcasting live with dozens of other shows from around the country. She was not friendly. I think the opposite of Kellie Pickler.
Her song “Guys Do It All The Time” had gone to No.1 and she was becoming a big deal. At the time I thought her stand-off attitude was due to just youth, immaturity, and part of the act. Unfortunately, I guess I was wrong, and not the only one who felt that way.
Of all the “friends” and sycophants who’ve weighed-in on McCready’s suicide , actor Dean “Superman” Cain is the person I’ve really wanted to hear from. They got engaged at the height of her career and busted up about a year later.
People Magazine finally caught up with Cain who had a lot to say. Naturally, he was “saddened” by her death: “My first thought was of the poor kids. To think about the legacy those boys have been left, it’s just tragic.”
He also added: “I can’t paint too pretty a picture. She would start arguments, start drama. Things weren’t allowed to be good. Everything she did was a manipulation of sorts. She would just get combative. She was kind of poisonous.
“All her troubles were self-inflicted. She had everything. She was a tremendous talent but everything about it was a waste. I saw all the bad signs and told her to get out.” (So, yes. She was messed up even before the drugs.)
One more thing: Back in 1997 a writer named Chet Flippo interviewed McCready for Billboard while she was busy destroying her career. He talks a little more about what went down in an article on CMT.com.