Charlie Daniels dies at 83

Daniels suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke

Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has passed away, his publicist confirms. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died Monday (July 6th) morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

From his Dove Award-winning gospel albums to his genre-defining southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, 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. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels helped to shine the spotlight on the many causes that are close to his heart. He was a staunch supporter of the military and gave his time and talent to numerous charitable organizations, including The Journey Home Project, that he founded in 2014 with his manager, David Corlew, to help veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

In mid-June, Daniels announced he was postponing his annual Volunteer Jam until February 2021, due to COVID-19 concerns. The event will likely now be a tribute to its legendary founder that will feature The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo’, The Outlaws, Jenny Tolman, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Travis Denning, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Scooter Brown Band, The SteelDrivers, Pure Prairie League, 38 Special, The Allman Betts Band, Cedric Burnside and more to be announced.

Daniels was known for his outspoken conservative and Christian views, as well as his patriotism. His final personal tweet was Sunday morning when he wrote, “Lord, give us the courage to speak our mind, to be honest, and bold about our feelings, no matter who, or how many we go against.”

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