Early reports that Chris Daughtry’s stepdaughter was murdered are premature and it is too early to conclude how the 25-year-old died, according to Fox News.
Last week, Hannah Marie Price, the daughter of Daughtry’s wife, was found dead at her Nashville home.
Initial reports speculated that police were approaching Price’s death as a homicide investigation, but that claim was repeatedly challenged this week.
District Attorney Jared Effler said authorities are conducting a “death investigation” and added that “any attempt to classify it as a homicide investigation at this time is premature and irresponsible,” Fox News reports.
Daughtry’s wife, Deanna, also sought to quash the rumor in an Instagram post on Friday.
“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! The day Hannah was found I shared some concerns I had with some people 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 someone else who then made assumptions and went running to the press with it. None of us can go jumping to conclusions.”
Deanna also called on fans and the public to let law enforcement investigate. She described the past week as “the deepest emotional pain I have ever felt,” according to the social media post.
“If you have information that you feel the police should know about this then tell them and let them do their job. 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.”
Price and her brother, 23-year-old Griffin, are Deanna’s children from a previous relationship. Daughtry, 41, and Deanna, 48, together have 10-year-old twins, Adalynn Rose and Noah James.
Daughtry became famous after taking fourth place on “American Idol” in 2006 and has been nominated for four Grammy awards since, according to People.
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