Country star Charlie Daniels died on Monday at the age of 83.
A statement on Daniels’ website confirmed he passed away Monday morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn. after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke.
Daniels was best known for his song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Musicians Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) July 6, 2020
Daniels was an outspoken conservative and an avid military supporter. He was involved in numerous charities, including having founded The Journey Home Project, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting the rehabilitation and reintegration of veterans transitioning to civilian life.
Last year, Daniels told Fox News he created the organization because veterans were not receiving adequate help upon returning from service.
“We’ve come to find out there is a great need for assistance by veterans who are returning from their service. Most of the people that we deal with haven’t gotten that,” Daniels said. “We all know the agencies that are tasked with helping our military people are bureaucracies that, by nature, grind slow. … So there are immediate needs and slow bureaucracies, and we kind of step in and try to help out.”
“We’ve done things as mundane as buying a bicycle for a guy to ride to work. We’ve helped people get medical care, we’ve helped people get educated and try to help people get jobs. Just whatever we can do to help ease the burden on our veterans when they come back from [service],” Daniels added.
Daniels had repeatedly performed for U.S. troops overseas on tour with the USO, Stars for Stripes, Operation Yellow Ribbon, and more. He also held many concerts on military bases in the U.S.
Every morning, Daniels would tweet a series of five tweets to raise awareness and voice his support for veterans, military, law enforcement, and abortion.
“22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY DAY!!” one tweet said.
22 VETERANS COMMIT SUICIDE EVERY DAY!!
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) July 5, 2020
Other tweets included, “Pray for the blue,” “Benghazi ain’t going away!!”, “Remember 9-11 !” and “125,000 innocent unborn babies will be murdered by abortionists around the world today.”