Country music star and founder of the Charlie Daniels Band, Charlie Daniels, has passed away at the age of 83. The 2016 Country Hall of Fame inductee died this morning, July 6th, after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. Daniels already had heart problems and required the aid of a pacemaker since 2013. He passed away at the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. The news of his passing was released by his publicist and he is survived by his wife Hazel and his son Charlie Daniels, Jr.
The country icon was best known for his band’s 1979 No. 1 hit, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”. The band had two other Billboard Hot 100 hits with “Drinkin’ My Baby Good-Bye” and “Simple Man” both making it into the Top 10. Prior to the Coronavirus outbreak, he had actually been scheduled to tour with the Marshal Tucker Band. Despite this cancellation, Daniels had been keeping his fans updated on his Twitter page just like usual until yesterday afternoon. His passing has been recognized by other country greats like George Strait and Carrie Underwood on Twitter, with the two both expressing their sadness. It’s safe to say that he will be dearly missed by those in the country music circuit.