After at least two suicide attempts and troubles with the law due to drugs and a custody dispute, McCready bounced back with the March 2010 release I'm Still Here
, the title track of which
is one of her most poignant songs, co-written with Trey Bruce and Rachel Thibodeau.
Alas, she wasn't here for much longer. Having found love with record producer David Wilson, and borne him a son, Zane, she seemed back on track, but in January 2013, Wilson took his own life in bizarre circumstances. After putting on a brave face for the cameras and facing lurid allegations including that she had murdered her lover, McCready could take it no more, and the following month she put a bullet in her own head, a tragic end to a troubled life. She was just 37 years old.
Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above