Charlie Daniels dead: The Devil Went Down to Georgia singer dies aged 83 after stroke

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Charlie Daniels, a country and Southern rock legend known for his hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia, has died after suffering a stroke, according to his website.

Charlie had been rushed to the Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, where he was pronounced dead according to Music Row.

The Grammy-award winner had previously suffered a mild stroke back in January 2010 and had a pacemaker implanted in 2013.

The singer had also been successfully treated for prostate cancer in 2001.

Celebrities and fans alike have flocked to social media to offer their condolences following the sad news.

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Charlie Daniels dead: The Devil Went Down to Georgia singer dies aged 83 (Image: GETTY)

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Charlie Daniels dead: The country singer plays various instruments (Image: GETTY)

Tim McGraw tweeted: “Oh man, sad to hear about @CharlieDaniels passing…I grew up on his music… brilliant songs and smokin’ records. And always, without fail, every time I had the pleasure of being around him, he was one of most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I’ve ever run across.”

Another person commented: “One of my all time favorites has passed. #CharlieDaniels. Rest In Peace Golden Fiddle.”

A third person added: “RIP to the original long haired country boy Charlie Daniels.”

While another fan remarked: “RIP to a country music legend. We will miss you #CharlieDaniels.”

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Charlie Daniels dead: The musician suffered a stroke (Image: GETTY)

Born October 28 1936, in Wilmington, North Carolina, Daniels was was a talented fiddler, guitar, banjo, and mandolin player.

He would play bluegrass music with an act called the Misty Mountain Boys, and later branched into playing rock ‘n’ roll.

Charlie’s first major break in the music industry was when he wrote the song It Hurts Me in 1964 – a song which was recorded by Elvis Presley.

He rose to fame in the 1970s with his song Uneasy Rider and played the fiddle for the Marshall Tucker Band while he tried to continue to make it on his own.

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Charlie Daniels dead: The singer is survived by his wife and son (Image: GETTY)

He’s best known for his single The Devil Went Down to Georgia, which climbed to the top spot on the country chart and crossed over to the pop charts in 1979, selling over a million copies.

Charlie won his first Grammy in 1979 for Best Country Vocal Performance for the song which was then featured in movies like Urban Cowboy and video games like Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.

Some of his popular hits also include In America, The Legend of Wooley Swamp, and Still In Saigon.

Charlie was also inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 2016.

In 2017 he published his memoir Never Look at the Empty Seats and followed up with Let’s All Make the Day Count: The Everyday Wisdom of Charlie Daniels in 2018.

Even before scoring a national hit, Charlie was popular among country rockers, thanks to his headlining appearances at the star-studded Volunteer Jam concerts, launched in Nashville in 1974.

The annual event ran through 1996 and was officially revived in 2015.

He is survived by his wife Hazel, who he married in 1964, and son Charlie Jr.


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