Country music icon Charlie Daniels, best known for his 1979 smash hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," has died at age 83.
Doctors at a hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee determined that the Country Music Hall of Famer passed away after suffering from a hemorrhagic stroke, Daniels' publicist said in a statement.
Daniels started his career as a session musician, performing music in a recording studio that would be used as backing tracks for other musicians and live performances.
He formed his five-piece band in the early 1970s and went on to earn scores of awards and accolades during his long tenure as a famed musician.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, became a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and even won a Dove Award for his gospel music.
"Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America's musical landscape than Charlie Daniels," Daniels' representatives said in a statement. "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."