Country superstar Charlie Daniels has died at age 83. The Country Music Hall of Fame member, best known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” passed after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
Daniels’ publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, confirmed the news on Monday morning to the Tennessean. The legendary fiddle player passed on Monday at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee.
A number of celebrities took to Twitter to react to the heartbreaking news. Check out their reactions below:
Charlie Daniels’ Music Career and Personal Beliefs
Daniels was born on October 28, 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is most known for his musical contributions to Southern Rock, country, and bluegrass music.
For his biggest song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” Daniels won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance in 1979. The single reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 during its run on the charts. However, the song became a major crossover success on rock radio stations after it was featured on the hit movie, Urban Cowboy.
Other hit songs Daniels released include, “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” and “Still in Saigon.” According to his discography page on Wikipedia, the iconic songwriter released 30 studio albums and a number of live albums and compilation albums. However, his most commercially successful albums include “Million Mile Reflections” and “Simple Man.”
The decorated musician regularly took to social media to share his views and values. Earlier this week, he tweeted a prayer asking for courage. “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,” he wrote.
Daniels also was a staunch supporter of the military. Alongside his manager, David Corlew, Daniels founded The Journey Home Project. They set up the organization in 2014 with the purpose of helping veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Similarly, Daniels used his platform on social media to speak out in support of the police. “Pray for the blue,” he recently tweeted.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and his son, Charlie Daniels, Jr.