Country legend Charlie Daniels has passed away at the age of 83 from a stroke, his family confirmed on Monday morning.
Daniels reportedly died suddenly at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn., after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
Daniels is best known for his smash hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia,” but his decades-long career included an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with many other awards and accolades.
Daniels’ representatives released a statement on Monday confirming the news: “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.”
Daniels released dozens of country music albums and appeared in hundreds of concerts during his prolific six-decade career.
“I can ask people where they are from, and if they say `Waukegan,′ I can say I’ve played there. If they say `Baton Rouge,′ I can say I’ve played there. There’s not a city we haven’t played in,” Daniels said of his famously robust touring schedule in 1998.
Daniels was also well-known for his philanthropic efforts and support for the U.S. Military and veterans. Daniels founded The Journey Home Project 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans.
Daniels was never one to be bullied by the political powers that be, saying in 2018 that “when we pay attention to political correctness and things that don’t really mean anything, we’re wasting time, energy and political capital by not getting something meaningful done. We spend time chasing rainbows.”
He never officially endorsed President Trump, telling the Morning Call in 2018 that he doesn’t give political endorsements to anyone, but said that he “liked” Trump and that his goal is “supporting the United States of America.”
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted on Monday his condolences after news of Daniels’ passing, saying, “so sorry to hear we lost American legend Charlie Daniels to a stroke today. A true patriot in every sense of the word. Actually went back and fourth with him this weekend. His last words to me were “Thank you and FOUR MORE YEARS!!” We will miss you my friend.”
Daniels is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hazel, and son Charlie Daniels Jr.