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Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

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Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels passed away on Monday morning at Summit Medical Center. He was 83.

Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke.

Daniels' body will be escorted to Sellars Funeral Home in Mount Juliet on Monday afternoon. Daniels will be escorted by officers from I-40. Those wishing to pay respects can line Mount Juliet Road from I-40 to the railroad tracks between 2:15 and 2:45 p.m.

Daniels lived on Twin Pines Farm in rural Wilson County. He was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in Wilmington, NC.

He was best known for his signature song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Over the course of his career, Daniels received numerous accolades, including his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

“Charlie Daniels was a reverential innovator. He was a fiddle-playing bandleader, like King of Country Music Roy Acuff. His music fused the immediacy of Southern Rock with the classic country storytelling that he heard as a child in Wilmington, North Carolina. He brought new audiences to country music, pointing people to the sources even as he explored the edges. He was also a delight to be around, always with wife Hazel at his side. Just as fiddler Johnny did in the famous song, Charlie Daniels beat the Devil," said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame, in a statement.

“There are few artists that touched so many different generations in our business than Charlie Daniels did. Today, our community has lost an innovator and advocate of Country Music. 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. I will always remember the look of sudden shock and delight on his face as he realized he would be in the Hall of Fame Rotunda for the ages. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time," said Sarah Trahern, Country Music Association CEO in a statement.