President Donald Trump took to Twitter to pay tribute to late country music icon Charlie Daniels. The legendary fiddler passed last week at the age of 83.
On July 7, President Trump expressed his sadness upon learning of Daniels’ passing. “We will miss GREAT Country Rocker, Charlie Daniels, who passed away yesterday in Hermitage, Tennessee,” the President wrote. “My condolences to his wife Hazel, and their family. Charlie is in my thoughts and prayers. I love his music!”
A representative of the Daniels family shared a statement following the singer-songwriter’s death. “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 rep said. “The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated radio with memorable hits and his signature song, ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia.'”
Daniels major hit songs included “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,””Long Haired Country Boy,””Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” and more.
Charlie Daniels Jr. Details His Father’s Last Day
Earlier this week, Daniels’ son, Charlie Daniels Jr. posted about his father’s final moments. At 5:45AM on July 6, Daniels Jr. says his mother, Hazel, called him while crying “and said that I needed to get up to their house right now, that Dad was sick.” At first, he and his mother thought Daniels showed symptoms of the coronavirus.
Daniels Jr. and his mother then took Daniels to the hospital. They learned that one of Daniels had a stroke and that his medications were causing further health issues. “[A doctor told us] it wasn’t good,” Daniels Jr. wrote. “He told us that dad had a massive stroke and … wasn’t clotting.”
Daniels started taking the medication in 2010 after suffering a stroke. “It probably kept him from having another stroke for 10 years, that and his pacemaker, and in December of 2018, he had cardiac catheter ablation surgery to improve his heart rhythm, which increased his energy even more,” Daniels Jr. writes. “But unfortunately, the blood thinner is what did him in this time. Because his blood wasn’t clotting, the blood kept pouring into his brain stem.”
In his final moments, Daniels remained strong in his faith. “I have no doubt that at 9:52 AM on Monday morning on July 6, Dad heard, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.,'” Daniels Jr. wrote.
Daniels Jr. concluded by expressing the heartbreaking difficulty of losing his father.”I think it goes without saying that this has been the worst week of my life, bar none,” Daniels Jr. wrote. “The man I’ve known for 55 years, who, along with my mom, have always been there for me is gone. We’re still shell-shocked. He was the strongest man I’ve ever known. The best father, the best boss, the best friend I could ever ask for.”
[H/T Taste of Country]