The country singer is recovering after being found unconscious in a Florida hotel

By Devon Thomas
Updated July 26, 2005 04:50 PM

Country singer Mindy McCready is recovering after being hospitalized for an overdose, the result of an apparent suicide attempt.

According to authorities, the 29-year-old star was found unconscious Friday in a Florida hotel lobby, the Associated Press reports. An incident report did not list the nature of the overdose.

With McCready was William McKnight, 39, the country singer’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, who told police that she had ingested a couple different substances and consumed a lot of alcohol, according to a sheriff’s report. McKnight described himself as McCready’s fianc .

McKnight also told authorities that he and McCready “had been having some relationship problems,” according to AP. He turned over a four-page suicide note that the country singer had written. The contents of the note were not released.

Difficulties between the two peaked earlier this year when McKnight attacked McCready at her Nashville home. He was charged with attempted criminal homicide and aggravated burglary, and McCready testified against him in May. McKnight posted $130,000 bail last month.

Last week, McCready was charged in Arizona with identity theft, unlawful imprisonment and hindering prosecution.

Dennis Tomlin, who had been McCready’s attorney until midday Monday, declined to comment on the singer’s situation, but added earlier that McCready had gone to Florida “to visit her mother when she found out about the potential charges in Arizona. The stress got to her and she ended up in the hospital.”

The recent stroke of misfortune isn’t new for the singer. In May, McCready was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Last year, she pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining the painkiller OxyContin. She was fined $4,000 and sentenced to three years of probation.

Earlier this year, McCready also spoke out about being the victim of domestic violence at the hands of McKnight. In June, she told PEOPLE, “I kept making excuses for him. When you love someone, no matter how they abuse you, you feel less and less worth.”

After ending the relationship with McKnight, McCready, who is best known for her 1996 country hit “Guys Do It All the Time,” vowed to turn her life around: “I feel embarrassed about a lot of the decisions I have made,” she said. “Now I can concentrate on doing the things I love: music and singing.”