By candace amos, EnStarz | Jan 15, 2013 04:36 PM EST
Mindy McCready's boyfriend David Wilson was found dead on Sunday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Heber Springs, Ark. home.
He was taken to the hospital but pronounced dead upon arrival. McCready, 37, and Wilson, a 34-year-old music producer, shared a 9-month-old son together, Zayne.
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The country music singer who rose to fame in the 1990's released a statement to Fox11 about the loss of her "soul mate:"
"Today, we mourn the loss of my life partner and my children's father, David Wilson. David was my soul mate; he was a caregiver and guiding hand to our sons, Zander and Zayne. He was a precious gift from God to all of us and, yesterday, he returned home and is now with his mother and father."
The couple dated for two years and after years of drug abuse and suicide attempts, the country music star seemed to be getting her life back on track. Last year, McCready won back custody of her 6-year-old son Zander she had with country singer Billy McKnight.
She told People, "He was a precious gift from God to all of us and, yesterday, he returned home and is now with his mother and father. David loved and was loved.
"Those who knew and loved him will miss him; those who did know David missed the opportunity to know a truly loving and gifted man," she added.
Kat Atwood, McCready's representative, said the family is "working on funeral arrangements and figuring out where to go from here."
McCready started her music career as a teen when she moved to Nashville with only copies of her karaoke tapes. Her first album, “Ten Thousand Angels,” sold 2 million copies. As a teen, the singer was involved in an affair with Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens. In 2011, she sued The National Enquirer for publishing a story about her drug use and custody battle.
She attempted suicide several times and sought help for her problems by appearing on the VH1 reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2010.
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