While we previously heard that late country star Mindy McCready had been in despair after her boyfriend committed suicide last month, it sounds like things seemed to be looking up just a few days before her own death.
A friend of Mindy’s, Danno Hanks, recently stepped forward about a music video that Mindy wanted completed, as a tribute to her late boyfriend and as somewhat of a PSA for suicide prevention.
Mindy had recorded the song, I’ll See You Yesterday, with her producer boyfriend, David Wilson, just last year.
“About six months ago she started talking to me about this song she wanted to do. She fell in love with it, and she wanted to make that the title song on her album.”
However, after David took his own life, Mindy seemed even more in a rush to get the music video out, having Danno use some photos he had taken and some of her own with her late boyfriend.
At the end of the video, Mindy wanted a link to suicideispreventable.org to be included, to encourage those contemplating suicide to seek help.
“Then suddenly in the last four or five days she started talking to me every day, and she urgently wanted to get this one song released, but to use it as an anti-suicide public service announcement.”
On Friday night, nearly two days before Mindy took her own life, Danno sent her a private YouTube link to the completed video, to which she emailed back saying, “Beautiful. It made me cry.”
The next day, Danno spoke with Mindy on the phone, asking her when she wanted the video to be released.
Her chilling response?
“You’ll know when.”
On Sunday, just a day after that phone call, Mindy took her own life, as she was found dead on the porch of the home she had shared with her boyfriend — in the same spot where he was found.
After the news of Mindy’s unfortunate passing came out, Danno now feels that she had been sadly planning out her own suicide all along.
“She acted upbeat like: ‘OK, you’re right. I need to go on. I need to do this for my children and in memory of David.’ I realize now she was just trying to put me off.”
Still, Danno feels her death was “almost inevitable,” after a “certain chain of events happened that just lead her down this path.”
We cannot even begin to imagine.
Our thoughts go out to Mindy’s friends and family and if you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, please talk to someone.
(Below) is the completed music video that Mindy had made and had seen, just days before her passing.
In the statement released on Tuesday, Hayden's rep says:
"Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time."
Postpartum depression is incredibly serious, and is more common than some might think.
It was just a couple weeks ago that the 26-year-old opened up about it, explaining:
"It's something a lot of women experience. When [you're told] about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child' — I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."
We're so glad she's getting the help she needs to heal.
Hayden's character on Nashville was also revealed to suffer from postpartum depression. Anyway, we're glad she's taking her health seriously.
Our thoughts are with her, her fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, and their baby.