Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels died Monday morning (July 6) from a hemorrhagic stroke, his publicist confirmed. He was 83.
Luke Combs shared on Twitter, “The country music flag is flying at half mast today,” regarding the news of Daniels’ passing, while Aaron Watson and Jamey Johnson wrote they imagined “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” legend “fiddlin’ in heaven” with his “new one made of gold.”
Brad Paisley remembered the words of praise he wrote for Daniels’ autobiography Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir from 2017. “A tale of hard work, musical discovery, and faith, Charlie Daniels’s journey has been one of a kind,” the note read from Paisley’s Twitter tribute along with photos of the two country singers over the years. “Equal parts rebel rouser and apostle, it’s no small coincidence he launched his career by beating the Devil with a fiddle in hand. I love this man, the things he stands for, and his music. What a story.”
See the stars’ reactions to Daniels’ death below.
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.
Rest In Peace my friend. We love you. @CharlieDaniels pic.twitter.com/3Pg5eWPtIf
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 6, 2020
The country music flag is flying at half mast today. RIP Charlie Daniels.
— Luke Combs (@lukecombs) July 6, 2020
Charlie Daniels was the nicest country artist I’ve ever had the chance to spend moments around. 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.
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) July 6, 2020
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!
— Parker McCollum (@ParkerMcCollum) July 6, 2020
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My heart is crushed today after hearing that my dear friend Charlie Daniels has passed away. 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 was always there for me when I needed him. 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.
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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 … pic.twitter.com/S4etkqiMur
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) July 6, 2020
I am saddened beyond words over the sudden loss of Charlie Daniels … a bit hard to process right now …
— Joe Bonsall (@joebonsall) July 6, 2020
— Jamey Johnson (@jamey_johnson) July 6, 2020
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. pic.twitter.com/LduLu2d96U
— Aaron Watson (@aaron_watson) July 6, 2020
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.
— Koe Wetzel (@KoeWetzel) July 6, 2020