Country music legend Charlie Daniels has died after having a stroke at age 83.
A press release from his representatives confirmed that the Grand Ole Opry member died at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn.
Doctors have determined his cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke.
A statement from Daniels’ representatives says: “Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels.
“An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor, and a true road warrior, Daniels parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children, and others in need.”
The musician is survived by his wife, Hazel, and son Charlie Daniels Jr.
He was best known for his popular 1979 hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia.
The popular single gained more recognition one year later, when Daniels and his band performed it in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy.
He spoke about the song’s fiddle solo in 2016, saying: “I get a chance to play it better tonight than I did last night and better tomorrow night than I did tonight.
“I haven’t played it perfect yet. I am in love with walking on stage and entertaining people with songs I have written. It’s one of the few times in my life that I feel like I know what I’m doing.”
As a session musician, the talented artist played on three of Bob Dylan’s albums, including the revolutionary Nashville Skyline.
He also recorded for Ringo Starr and Leonard Cohen.
During his career, Charlie also performed at the White House, the Super Bowl, throughout Europe and for troops in the Middle East.