Dolly Parton On The Death Of Charlie Daniels: 'My Heart Is Broken'
By Blake Taylor
July 7, 2020
Country music icon, Charlie Daniels died at the age of 83 on Monday (July 6). Following the news, heartfelt tributes poured in from fans, friends and fellow country artists. Among those to remember Daniels is Dolly Parton, who shared a pair of tweets about the late singer.
"Well, the devil went down to Georgia, but Charlie went straight to heaven," she wrote. "My heart, like many millions of others, is broken today to find out that we've lost our dear friend Charlie Daniels."
She adds, "It was such a shock. He was one of the great people in the business and one of the greatest entertainers ever. He will live on in our hearts. Rest in peace, Charlie."
Parton and Daniels go way back. The pair of Country Music Hall of Famers have shared stages throughout their careers and even have a song together called "Daddy's Old Fiddle" from the Charlie Daniels Band's Deuces album from 2007.
Rucker remembers Daniels as and "amazing man and entertainer," while Luke Bryan referred to him as a "hero" in his tribute. Underwood shared a photo of herself on stage with the legend writing, "I’m sad for the world and for his family...but I’m smiling a little because the angel band in Heaven just got themselves one heck of a fiddle player...see you again, one day, sweet Charlie Daniels. ❤️❤️❤️"
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Daniels passed away on Monday morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. A statement from his publicist says he suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, which resulted in his death.
Charlie Daniels, born on October 28, 1936, was known for his contributions to Southern rock, country and bluegrass. The Charlie Daniels Band has long populated the radio with hit songs including his signature song, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."
Over the course of his career, Daniels has received numerous accolades. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
According to The Tennessean, Daniels is survived by his wife, Hazel, and his son Charlie Daniels Jr. Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
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