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American Idol’s Chris Daughtry feels ‘guilt’ about daughter’s death

Chris Daughtry from American Idol
Chris Daughtry from American Idol. Pic credit: ©

In 2021, American Idol alumni Chris Daughtry faced heartbreak twice in a period of days when he lost both his mother and daughter.

In November, his mother Sandra passed away after a battle with cancer. Exactly one week later, on November 12, his daughter Hannah took her own life.

Daughtry appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show this week and talked about the tragedies and how he has coped with them.

Chris Daughtry talks losing mother and daughter in 2021

Daughtry said that he wished he could have done more before his loved ones died, and he feels guilty that he couldn’t do anything about their deaths.

“I dealt with both differently, processed both losses very differently—the common denominator in both is the guilt,” he told Kelly Clarkson. “The ‘I wish I would have said this. I wish I would’ve done this. I wish I would’ve called more.'”

While his mother died after fighting cancer, his daughter Hannah, 25, died after a long battle with what Daughtry called “mental illness.”

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