ON FRIDAY, November 12, 2021, the body of Hannah Price, Chris Daughtry’s step-daughter, was found in her Nashville home.
As the investigation continues, the Tennessee District Attorney revealed days later that it is not being treated as a homicide at this time.
What was Hannah Price’s cause of death?
Sources close to the Daughtry family revealed that detectives allegedly told the family Hannah Price’s death was ruled a homicide however, the DA released a statement saying otherwise.
“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 November 15.
At this time, a cause of death has yet to be revealed and is still pending autopsy results.
Her alleged boyfriend at the time of her death, Bobby Jolly, was reportedly arrested on Friday and taken to Fentress County Jail but police have not yet revealed if his arrest was in connection to Hannah’s death or if he is considered a suspect.
The Daughtry family said in a statement shared exclusively with PEOPLE that her cause of death was suicide.
The statement confirmed that Price died of suicide while under the influence of narcotics.
“Our beloved Daughter Hannah Price passed away on November 12th, 2021,” the statement read. “Much speculation has been made since that date, and after a full investigation by law enforcement we are now able to speak in further detail.”
The statement revealed that Pricestruggled with mental illness “from a young age,” and “was in and out of therapy and treatment centers” over the years.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
“Hannah was a generous and loving person who wanted more for herself and others. She will forever 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 while we grieve. If you or a loved one is experiencing mental health, abuse, or addiction problems, please seek help immediately. Free and confidential resources below can help you or a loved one connect with a skilled, trained mental health professional or counselor.”
What did Chris say about Hannah’s death?
Chris Daughtry took to his Instagram account to share his sorrow, captioning a photo of his late step-daughter:
“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 its 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.
Hannah, I love you. I miss you. I wish I could hold you. This hurts so deeply”.
Did Daughtry cancel their upcoming shows?
Following the unexpected death of his step-daughter on Friday, Chris Daughtry revealed that he was returning from tour with his band, Daughtry, and cancelling the forthcoming shows.
The band left for tour on November 3, 2021, and were set to travel across America for the remainder of the year.
It is unclear at the time on whether or not Chris will return to tour with his band this year, but shows through November 16th have been rescheduled.
In a statement posted to Daughtry’s Instagram account, the band wrote:
“Due to the unexpected death of Chris and Deanna Daughtry’ s daughter, Hannah, all currently scheduled shows for the coming week for Daughtry have been cancelled or postponed. The Daughtry family thanks you for your understanding and respectfully asks for privacy during this very difficult time.
Further details will be made available at a later date. The investigation into this tragic death is still ongoing.”
Who was Hannah Price?
Hannah Price was the daughter of Chris Daughtry’s wife, Deanna, from her first marriage. Her biological father, Randall Scott Price, reportedly died in March of 2018.
The 25-year-old was born on March 18, 1996.
Unconfirmed reports have suggested Hannah was the mother to a child, as Deanna Daughtry uploaded a photo of a baby in 2020 with the comments congratulating her on becoming a grandparent.
Hannah Price was the sister of Griffin, another one of Deanna’s children from her previous marriage.
Deanna and Chris Daughtry had twins via surrogacy in November of 2010. The twins are named Adalynn Rose and Noah James.
On Deanna’s Instagram account, she shared a carousel of photos of her late daughter, captioning the post:
“My first born. I love you endlessly Hannah. Our family would like to thank you all for the outpouring of love as we grieve the loss of our daughter Hannah.
“We are awaiting the autopsy results to determine how Hannah sustained the injuries that caused her death. Our hearts are broken.”