Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, and advocate Charlie Daniels has died this week at the age of 83, reportedly of complications caused by a stroke.
The music legend entertained generations of fans, many of whom took to social media to share their own tributes upon hearing the news.
Daniels had become known as an outspoken conservative in recent years, using his celebrity platform to call attention to political issues including the 2012 attack on a U.S. government facilities in Benghazi.
“Keep carrying that fight for him”
He was also known for extensive advocacy on behalf of American military service members and veterans. The head of one such organization remembered Daniels for his contributions.
“He never gives up and he’s always there fighting the fight for those who maybe don’t know how to fight the fight for themselves,” said Task Force Dagger Foundation Executive Director Alan Williams.
Though the impact of Daniels’ absence will be felt by everyone involved, Williams said the organization is “going to keep carrying that fight for him and continue on with his legacy with us.”
Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern described Daniels as a rare talent whose lengthy career will be missed but will also live on in the scores of musicians he inspired.
“Today, our community has lost an innovator and advocate of Country Music,” Trahern said. “Both Charlie and Hazel had become dear friends of mine over the last several years, and I was privileged to be able to celebrate Charlie’s induction into the Opry as well as tell him that he was going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.”
“Look of sudden shock and delight”
She said she will “always remember the look of sudden shock and delight on his face” upon hearing the news of his induction.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time,” Trahern concluded.
Even those who are not country music fans are sure to be familiar with Daniels’ body of work, which includes the iconic tune “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which he released in 1979.
While he was fortunate enough to live a long life and achieve great success because of his musical talent, news of his death comes as upsetting news for his loved ones and fans alike.