Country rocker Charlie Daniels dies aged 83

He was known for the hit Devil Went Down To Georgia.

Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels

Country music firebrand and fiddler Charlie Daniels, who had a hit with Devil Went Down To Georgia, has died at age 83.

A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died on Monday at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee, after doctors said he had a stroke.

He had suffered what was described as a mild stroke in January 2010 and had a heart pacemaker implanted in 2013 but continued to perform.

Obit – Charlie Daniels
Country music artist Charlie Daniels (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Daniels, a singer, guitarist and fiddler, started out as a session musician, even playing on Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline sessions.

Beginning in the early 1970s, his five-piece band toured endlessly, sometimes doing 250 shows a year.

In 2008, he joined the epitome of Nashville’s music establishment, the Grand Ole Opry.

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