Why Chris Daughtry Feels Guilt After the Deaths of His Daughter & Mom

Chris Daughtry is still trying to process his feelings after losing his mother and daughter just days apart.
During a June 23 appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the American Idol graduate recalled the hardest parts of dealing with the deaths of his 25-year-old stepdaughter Hannah, who died by suicide on November 12, and his late mother Sandra gone from cancer a few days earlier.
"I dealt with both of them differently, dealt with both losses very differently - the common denominator for both is guilt," he told presenter Kelly Clarkson. "The 'I wish I had said that. I wish I had done that. I wish I had called more.'"
Chris added: "Those moments of guilt are the hardest because there's nothing you can do about it. There will always be reminders of what could have been done or whatever, and I tend to beat myself up about it a lot. "
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Last November, Hannah was found dead at her home in Tennessee by her boyfriend. In a tribute post to his stepdaughter - whose mother is Chris' wife Deanna Daughtry - the singer said he was "absolutely devastated and heartbroken". Reflecting on his mother's death just days earlier, he admitted he was "blessed with the chance to say goodbye."
Although some believed Hannah's death was being investigated as a homicide — which the family quickly ended — Chris and Deanna have been open about the circumstances surrounding her tragic death.
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"From a young age, Hannah struggled with mental illness and was in and out of therapy and treatment centers," they said in a January statement. "As Hannah got older, she struggled to find her footing and began using drugs, often finding herself in abusive relationships."
The couple continued, "Just months after losing her biological father to suicide, Hannah became a crime victim and was shot in the face. We did everything we could to support her and get her the help she needed to recover from this tragedy and put her life back on track."
If you or someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Chris Daughtry
American musician and American Idol contestant
Kelly Clarkson
American singer

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