Chris Daughtry’s wife Deanna denounced reports that her late daughter Hannah Price’s tragic death was being investigated as a homicide.
The 48-year-old grieving mother penned a lengthy Instagram statement on Friday where she tried to clear up any assumptions about the 25-year-old’s cause of death which echoed statements given by district attorneys in Tennessee.
‘The news floating around that we said our daughters death is being investigated as a homicide is false!,’ she wrote in excerpt alongside a photo of her late daughter as a child.
Grieving: Chris Daughtry’s wife Deanna tried to clear up any assumptions about her 25-year-old daughter’s cause of death as she branded reports of it being investigated as a ‘homicide’ false
Hannah was found dead at her home in Fentress County, Tennessee on November 12, and the manner of death continues to be under investigation, despite early reports indicating that detectives told family members it was homicide.
‘The news floating around that we said our daughters death is being investigated as a homicide is false! We were not told that and never said that to anyone!,’ Deanna began.
‘The day Hannah was found I shared some concerns I had with some ppl I know and said we won’t know anything for sure till after they complete the investigation. Someone took that and went running with it or they talked to some else who then made assumptions and went running to the press with it.
‘None of us can go jumping to conclusions. Having questions & concerns is one thing but harassing someone and calling them a murderer before all the facts are in is wrong on every level regardless of their history,’ she continued to say but did not specify outright who she was referring to.
Leading with facts: ‘The news floating around that we said our daughters death is being investigated as a homicide is false!,’ Deanna wrote in excerpt alongside a photo of her late daughter as a child
‘I lost my child and I’m having to now also deal with rumors and assumptions about her. The people who loved her are in pain and we are mourning they are not talking to the press, they are not spreading rumors and they sure as hell are not making this about themselves. So everyone please just stop!
‘Let the investigating officers do their jobs and please remember snippets of someone’s life does not define who they really are as a person. Hannah was on this earth with us for 25 years there is so much more to her story then what you are reading.
‘I loved my daughter so much & I am experiencing the deepest emotional pain I have ever felt! Please stop making it worse for those of us who love her by spreading rumors & saying disgusting things about our family. We are real people! Just because my husband has a public job does not mean this is OK to do,’ she pleaded.
‘To the beautiful humans who are sending us their prayers, love, and kindness during this time, we thank you. We are not able to reach out to you all individually as I’m sure you understand but please know we are thankful for people like you,’ Deanna said in conclusion.
Tragedy: Deanna’s daughter and Chris’ stepdaughter Hannah was found dead at her home in Fentress County, Tennessee on November 12 but a medical examiner has not revealed a cause of death
Mourning the loss: ‘Please stop making it worse for those of us who love her by spreading rumors & saying disgusting things about our family,’ Deanna pleaded on behalf of husband Chris, who found fame first on American Idol
In line with Deanna’s statements, prosecutors in Tennessee said this week that it would be ‘premature’ to rule the death of Chris Daughtry’s step daughter as a homicide, which refuted reports indicating that detectives told family members it was.
Jared Effler, the district attorney of Tennessee’s 8th Judicial District, gave a statement to DailyMail.com on Monday indicating that no arrests have been made in connection with the death of 25-year-old Hannah Price.
Price’s boyfriend, Bobby Jolly, 25, was reportedly booked into Fentress County Jail on Friday – the same day her body was found in her home in Nashville, Tennessee. Authorities have not said whether Jolly is a person of interest, or publicly stated why Jolly was arrested.
‘This is a death investigation and any attempt to classify it as a homicide investigation at this time is premature and irresponsible,’ the DA said on Monday. ‘Further, no one has been arrested pertaining to the death of Ms. Price.’
A medical examiner at the Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville has yet to reveal the cause or manner of her death, and the family is still awaiting for autopsy results.
Connection? Hannah’s boyfriend Bobby Jolly was arrested and taken to Fentress County Jail on Friday on the day of her death, though police have not stated if he is a person of interest or suspect in her death
Under investigation: Prosecutors in Tennessee said this week that it would be ‘premature’ to rule the death of Daughtry’s step daughter (seen above) as a homicide, which refuted reports indicating that detectives told family members it was
TMZ had reported over the weekend that detectives informed Price’s family that the probe into her death was a homicide investigation, which seemed to prompt Deanna’s lengthy statement.
Hannah’s stepfather Chris (who first found fame on American Idol) posted an emotional statement on his Instagram page following the news of her death which revealed he was struggling.
‘I am still processing the last 24 hours. I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken. I just recently lost my mother to cancer but I was blessed with the chance to say goodbye and I was processing it privately.
‘We never got to say goodbye to our precious Hannah and it’s another huge hit to our family. Thank you all for your kind words and condolences. They are truly felt and appreciated. I am now taking time be present with my family as we attempt to heal from this devastating loss.’
The singer-songwriter was in the middle of his Dearly Beloved Tour at the time of Hannah’s death, and has now postponed several of his upcoming tour dates.
Chris and Deanna have been married for over two decades. The couple share 10-year-old twins Adalynn and Noah and 23-year-old Griffin, with Hannah being from Deanna’s previous relationship.
Cancel dates: The singer-songwriter was in the middle of his Dearly Beloved Tour at the time of Hannah’s death, and has now postponed several of his upcoming tour dates; Chris Daughtry pictured September 2021