Chris Daughtry’s family has confirmed the cause of his stepdaughter’s death.
The 42-year-old musician’s family confirmed to People magazine that Hannah Price, who was found dead at her home two months ago, committed suicide under the influence of drugs.
He was 25 years old when he died on November 12, 2021 in Fentress County, Tennessee.
“Our beloved daughter Hannah Price passed away on November 12, 2021,” the family statement read. “There has been a lot of speculation since that date, and after a full investigation by law enforcement, we can now talk in more detail.”
Many had speculated at the time that he died by homicide, but Daughtry’s wife clarified that it was merely a rumor at the time, shortly after Price’s death.
In their statement Wednesday, the “American Idol” alum’s family noted that Price battled mental illness “from a young age” and had been “in and out of therapy and treatment centers” in the past.
“As Hannah grew older, she struggled to find her footing and began using drugs and often found herself in abusive relationships,” they continued, noting that Price was shot in the face “just a few months after losing her biological father by suicide.
“We did everything we could to support her and give her the help she needed to recover from these tragedies and get her life back on track,” they added. “We had recently made plans with Hannah to seek more treatment and become closer to the family.”
The family said that the morning Price died, she contacted her family and told them she “feared for her life,” alleging that her boyfriend physically abused her and took her car. The family called the local police department, which conducted a welfare check.
Authorities left without incident and deemed Price “fine” around 1 pm local time.
Price’s body was later found by her boyfriend. He called 911.
An investigation into the death was launched after she was pronounced dead at the scene. The Fentress County District Attorney, the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office and the Knoxville Medical Examiner’s Office determined there was no evidence of foul play, according to a statement.
“Hannah was a generous and loving person who wanted more for herself and others. She will always be in the hearts and minds of those of us who love her,” the family said. “We ask for your continued privacy at this time as we grieve. If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health, abuse, or addiction issues, seek help immediately. The free and confidential resources below can help you or a loved one connect with a knowledgeable and trained mental health professional or counselor.”