The country music world is in mourning today after legendary singer and songwriter Charlie Daniels passed away at the age of 83. Besides his iconic contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music, Charlie Daniels was known as a patriot through and through who dedicated himself to helping America’s Veterans.
Charlie Daniels Dies at 83
Representatives of the family confirmed to Fox News that Charlie Daniels had passed way. The country music icon died on Monday at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
“Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need,” their statement read.
Daniels had a successful decades-long career that resulted in him being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame, and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
He scored numerous hits in his lifetime, but his most memorable one is undoubtedly “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” which he released in 1979.
Tributes Pour In For Daniels
Tributes have already started pouring in for Daniels as news of his death spreads.
Rest in peace to music legend @CharlieDaniels.
We need more fearless voices who love America with the same fervor as he did until the very end.
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 6, 2020
RIP Charlie Daniels. The man was a patriot through and through. To his core, he loved our country, our freedoms, our military, our veterans and our first responders. It was an honor to spend some time with him along the way. He had as much heart as anyone I have ever met. ? ?? pic.twitter.com/jBcXYHqfjn
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) July 6, 2020
The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels.
— Luke Combs ? (@lukecombs) July 6, 2020
I wrote these words for Charlie’s biography. They ring even more true now.
I’m so sad he’s gone.
We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him.
Rest In Peace my friend. We love you. @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/3Pg5eWPtIf
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 6, 2020
Last year during a segment on Fox News, Charlie Daniels was asked if he was okay with the current crop of bro country artists changing the sound of country music.
His response was an emphatic, “No.”
RIP to a great American. pic.twitter.com/A5drEYyuZj
— NotKennyRogers (@NotKennyRogers) July 6, 2020
My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the… https://t.co/CeqhC6PHT7
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) July 6, 2020
Daniels’ Work To Help Veterans
When he wasn’t performing, Daniels devoted much of his time to helping American veterans. In 2014, he helped to launch the Journey Home Project, which tries to assist war veterans in rehabilitating and reintegrating into civilian life.
“My manager, myself and some other people started this Journey Home Project to help,” Daniels explained. “We’ve come to find out there is a great need for assistance by veterans who are returning from their service. Most of the people that we deal with haven’t gotten that.”
“We’ve done things as mundane as buying a bicycle for a guy to ride to work,” he added. “We’ve helped people get medical care, we’ve helped people get educated and try to help people get jobs. Just whatever we can do to help ease the burden on our veterans when they come back from [service].”
Daniels is survived by his wife Hazel and their son, Charles Jr. May he rest in peace.