Charlie Daniels was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
Celebrities are mourning the loss of Charlie Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame best known for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” who died Monday morning at age 83 after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
Daniels’ death was confirmed by his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, to The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son Charlie Daniels, Jr.
Country music stars and other celebrities took to social media to pay their respects, including Luke Combs, who tweeted about Daniels.
“The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels,” Combs wrote.
President Donald Trump said he’ll “miss GREAT Country Rocker, Charlie Daniels.”
My condolences to his wife Hazel, and their family,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Charlie is in my thoughts and prayers. I love his music!”
Luke Bryan shared a photo of him and Daniels performing together.
“Just learning of the passing of this great man. What a hero. A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon,” he tweeted. “Prayers to his family. Thank you for all your contributions on and off the stage. God bless you Charlie Daniels.”
Jason Aldean said he was “heartbroken” to hear the news of Daniels’ death.
“He was one of the nicest/kindest people I have ever met. Thanks for the musical legacy u left all of us. We will miss you Mr. Charlie!” he tweeted.
In a lengthy Instagram tribute, Travis Tritt said his heart is “crushed” after hearing the news of Daniels’ death.
“Charlie was the first legendary artist to take me under his wing and encourage me when I was first getting started in the business,” he wrote. “He was always there for me when I needed him.”
He continued,, “I have so many great memories of touring, performing, writing and recording with Charlie, but my favorite memories are of simply talking with the man when it was just the two of us alone. Farewell dear friend until we meet again. Thank you for being such a friend, mentor and inspiration to me. I will always be grateful.”
Meghan McCain also shared her thoughts.
“Oh man, screw 2020!! First John Prine now Charlie Daniels….?!?!? Somebody for the love of God put Willie Nelson in a safe, secure place… 💔💔💗” she tweeted.
Brad Paisley shared photos of him and Daniels together along with a heartfelt message.
“I wrote these words for Charlie’s biography. They ring even more true now. I’m so sad he’s gone. We have so many memories together, and I am so blessed to have known him,” Paisley wrote. “Rest In Peace my friend. We love you. @CharlieDaniels”
Billy Ray Cyrus paid tribute to his musical inspiration on Twitter, calling him a legend.
“This #Legend @CharlieDaniels was at the core of my roots & influences in music,” he wrote on Monday. “We recorded ‘Just As I Am’ together for his Grammy winnin Gospel Album. ‘Oh lamb of God I come…I come’ sings the hymn. An honor to call him my friend. Fiddle’s gonna be roarin in heaven tonight #RIP.”
Tim McGraw expressed his condolences and claimed that Daniels “was one of most genuine, kind and thoughtful folks I’ve ever run across.”
Singer Ricky Skaggs tweeted: “One of my favorite people on this earth Charlie Daniels has gone on to his eternal reward today. Oh, how he will be missed at the Grand Ole Opry and everywhere else he was loved.”
Jake Owen called Daniels “the nicest country artist I’ve ever had the chance to spend moments around.”
He continued, “His music and talent speaks for itself, but boys and girls it’s the legacy you leave behind and your character. It doesn’t get better than Charlie Daniels. Rest In Peace Charlie.”
Chris Young was “absolutely gutted” when hearing the news about Daniels’ death.
“What a life lived, and what an incredible human being. He will be sorely missed,” the singer tweeted.
Musician Koe Wetzel tweeted, “We played a show with Charlie Daniels a couple years ago and it was one of the best live performances I had ever seen. RIP to a legend.”
Fox News’ Sean Hannity also tweeted about Daniels.
“Today America lost A Great American who loved God Family Country and our brave heroes. Heaven has a new angel today,” he wrote. “God speed Charlie Daniels. All our love and prayers to his family, friends and fans around the world, he is irreplaceable and we mourn with you all.”
Singer Parker McCollum called Daniels an “absolute legend.”
“RIP Charlie Daniels… wow… what an absolute legend. Got to see him play at the Opry one time and sat on the stage right behind him. Won’t ever forget it! 2020 has got to go,” he tweeted.
Singer Aaron Watson tweeted, “There’s going to be lots more fiddlin’ in heaven from now on… so sad to hear about the passing of Charlie Daniels. Keeping his fans, friends and family in our thoughts and prayers. I’m so thankful I got to spend some time with him.”
Musician John Rich called Daniels a “hero and friend.”
“Our hero and friend @CharlieDaniels has just entered the pearly gates of Heaven. Thank you Sir for all you gave the world, and your fierce love of God and Country. We will always love and respect you,” he tweeted.
The Oak Ridge Boys also shared their thoughts on Twitter.
“This is devastating news … our brother Charlie Daniels has gone home … hard to process this immeasurable loss … goodbye Charlie … until that glorious day … We KNOW where you are now.”
The Bellamy Brothers tweeted, “We are very sad today at the news of @CharlieDaniels passing. Charlie was a great entertainer, great friend, and a great American.”
Montgomery Gentry shared photos with Daniels on Twitter, referring to him as “the greatest American hero.”
“He brought me and T-Roy to the game!! I’m so proud that I got to call him a friend!! My heart is truly broken. I’m so glad I got to talk to him last week. Rest easy my brother!”
By the time the Charlie Daniels Band topped the charts with “Devil” in 1979, the instrumentalist, singer and songwriter had long established a remarkable, multifaceted career in Music City. As a session musician, he played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums — including the revolutionary “Nashville Skyline” — as well as recordings for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen.
Contributing: Dave Paulson and Matthew Leimkuehler, Nashville Tennessean
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