“I am still processing the last 24 hours,” Chris Daughtry said. “I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken. Thank you all for your kind words and condolences. They are truly felt and appreciated. I will be taking a break from social media to be present with my family as we attempt to heal from this devastating loss.”
Chris Daughtry, a country music star who originally shot to fame on American Idol — abruptly postponed the remainder of his and his band’s ongoing tour. He had been scheduled to perform in Atlantic City, N.J. Friday evening. Instead, he is flying home to be with his family.
In a statement on its Facebook page, the band, Daughtry, said: “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 postponed,” and expressed the family’s desired for privacy and its gratitude for the public’s understanding.
The cause of Hannah Daughtry’s death is not known. An investigation is underway.
Hannah Daughtry’s Cause of Death is Still Unclear
What is known about what happened is simply that Hannah Daughtry was discovered dead in her home by the Nashville Police Department.
Chris and Deanna also have two children together, fraternal twins, daughter Adalynn Rose and son Noah James, born on November 17, 2010.
In an interview with Yahoo in 2013, Chris talked about what he had learned about being a parent to these four children. This was at a time when his hit record of that year Waiting for Superman, was getting airtime everywhere.
“I think every dad probably feels this way about their kids,” he said. “No matter how old they get or how young they are, you’re always going to be there to fight for them, and you’re always going to be there to pick them up when they fall down.”
He added: “My wife and my daughter were certainly my muses for the lyrical content of [Waiting for Superman.]”
In a recent interview, again with Yahoo!, Daughtry said that he has been “terrified” of going on tour again. He had spent a lot of time at home due to the pandemic. The lockdown had given him, he said, a “brand new perspective on all that my wife has to deal with every single day.” He doesn’t want her to be “stuck with it” alone again while he goes back out on tour, he added. He also said that “the time at home to cultivate these relationships with my kids and my wife” has been “extremely rewarding.”
Dearly Beloved Tour is Postponed
Daughtry (man and band) kicked off the now-postponed tour on Nov. 3. They began it at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, then traveled to Providence, R.I., Portland, Maine, Niagara Falls, and Syracuse, N.Y.
The tour was in support of their sixth album “Dearly Beloved.”
On Saturday, the day after Hanna Daughtry’s death, her mother’s Instagram account @deanna.daughtry, was carrying a stark image of a burning candle.
Hannah Daughtry has gone by the Instagrm handle @americangoth, according to a report in The Daily Mail.
Tributes started to pour in on social media on Saturday.
Most comments have been simple and straightforward, “sending prayers and strength during this difficult time,” tweeted Amina. “Whatever happened, I hold Chris and Deanna deep in my heart. I am so sorry for this horrible tragedy,” said Katie.
Chris Daughtry was part of the fifth season of American Idol, (it was reportedly Deanna’s idea that he audition). He finished fourth behind, behind that season’s winner Taylor Hicks and runners-up Katherine McPhee and Elliott Yamin. Daughtry, the group, released its debut album, RCA Records, later that year.