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Clemens issues statement on death of McCready

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Roger Clemens, who's spending a few days in camp with the Astros in his role a special instructor, met with the media Monday morning and issued a typed statement about the passing of country music star Mindy McCready, who was a former friend of Clemens'.

According to multiple reports, McCready, 37, was found dead Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at her Arkansas home. McCready, who had a string of hits in the 1990s, had battled addiction and dealt with other personal issues in recent years.

Clemens' statement read:

"Yes, this is sad news. I had heard over time that she was trying to get peace and direction in her life. The few times that I had met her and her manager/agent they were extremely nice."