Charlie Daniels died today at the age of 83. His publicist said he passed away at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. Just days before his death, Daniels posted his last message to fans, a song about his love for his country.
Daniels was best-known for his hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” His music blended country and Southern Rock combined with some sharp fiddle playing. He was also known for Dove Award-winning gospel albums.
He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Musicians Hall of Fame.
Daniels was well known for his support of charitable causes including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Back in April, Daniels joined forced with the group Code of Vets, to aid former U.S. servicemen and women suffering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
His Volunteer Jam concerts and tours raised money aid charitable causes for more than 40 years. Daniels recently announced that this year’s show would be moved to 2021 due to COVID-19.
Country Stars Mourn Daniels
Other music stars mourned Daniels’ passing. Tim McGraw said, “I grew up on his music. And always, without fail, every time I had the pleasure of being around him, he was one of the most genuine, kind, and thoughtful folks I’ve ever run across.”
Luke Bryan remembered him as a patriot. “A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon. Prayers to his family. Thank you for all your contributions on and off the stage.”
Gretchen Wilson, who famously sang in her hit ‘Redneck Woman’ that “I know all the words to every Charlie Daniels song” said, “I never met a better man than Charlie Daniels. He was so inspiring in so many ways. May he Rest In Peace alongside his Creator and continue to inspire!”
My Beautiful America
Daniels posted a patriotic message to his website on July 3rd. “This year, as we celebrate the 244th birthday of the greatest nation the world has ever known, we are beset with many problems, some of our making and some we have no control over. But, be that as it is, America is still the greatest and I want to express my personal feelings about our beloved country, its magnificence, its beauty, and its diverse population. Wishing all Americans a happy and reflective Independence Day.”
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