Two months after the release of the album, she is hospitalized for what her mother tells authorities is a drug overdose on prescription medication.
The same year, Vivid Entertainment announces the release of "Mindy McCready, Baseball Mistress," a homemade sex tape starring McCready and a man identified only as "Peter" that includes her discussing an alleged affair with married pitcher Roger Clemens.
McCready wages a very public, bitter battle with her mother over custody of her son.
In November, she takes her son, Zander, from the Florida home of her mother, who had temporary legal custody of the then-5-year-old.
In early December, a judge issues an emergency "pick up" order after McCready flees to Arkansas with her son.
The two are found hiding in a closet in a home in Arkansas.
McCready and record producer David Wilson have a son, Zayne. By the end of the year, she regains custody of her eldest son, Zander.
On January 13, McCready's boyfriend, David Wilson, dies of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.
She enters court-ordered rehabilitation on February 6 after her two sons are taken from her and placed in foster care. She is released two days later with the understanding she will undergo outpatient care.
McCready is found dead Sunday, February 17, on the porch of her Heber Springs, Arkansas, home apparently from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound in the same house where the man she once described as her "soulmate" reportedly took his own life.