It’s been a difficult year for the Daughtry family, with their daughter Liv Ritchie dying in July after an off-road motorcycle accident in Darby, Minnesota, and actor Heath Ledger’s passing a year ago this week, followed by the death of Daughtry’s ex-wife Melissa.
In a Facebook post recently deleted by Daughtry, the rocker apologized to fans for his relationship status, saying he was single.
In an interview with TMZ published today, Liv’s grandmother Gloria Daughtry says her daughter died on July 1, while he was in Florida.
“He came out there after the funeral on July 5 and went to Miami to join Brittany, my nephew Brandon and Ramon in the original hometown rock and roll band, where he played for some time,” Gloria Ritchie tells TMZ. “I believe he was to perform a concert in St. Cloud, Minnesota that day.”
Ritchie says the entire family is “still grieving” their loss. “It’s still hard to accept, we are still struggling to get over it,” she tells TMZ.
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Ritchie didn’t give out any other details about what exactly happened or about the circumstances.
“I wasn’t able to communicate with him,” she says.
The Daughtry family released a statement after Ritchie’s death.
“Chris and his family are grieving the loss of their daughter and sister, Liv. Chris asks you respect their privacy in this difficult time.”
Ritchie, 29, had recently been traveling the country playing shows in her hometown. She was working as a tour manager for Rock Mafia and had previously worked for Danger Dirt and Paradigm Agency. She also won a local contest at the age of 10 and won her first guitar after a competition at a town concert.
She’s pictured here with her mother Melissa Daughtry, her brother Brandon and Ramon Daughtry, nephew Brandon and rock star Chris Daughtry at a concert in 2000.
Brittany Walker is the author of the music career advice column The Brown Girl Look-alike on FOX411. She can be reached here.