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Reports: Charlie Daniels has passed away

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 13: Charlie Daniels performs on stage as the opening act on the Alabama The Hits Tour 2018 at The Fox Theatre on April 13, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)

The Country Music world was stunned Monday on reports that fiddle great and icon of the genre Charlie Daniels had passed away in Tennessee.

Daniels’ cause of death was reported to be a stroke. He was 83.

He is best known for his 1979 hit, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia”, but Charlie Daniels’ influence on the genre goes much deeper, and has been felt throughout.

In 2016, Daniels officially (and at long last) became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He leaves behind Hazel, his wife of 56 years, their son Charlie Daniels, Jr., and millions of fans.

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