Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Dead at 83

Country music icon Charlie Daniels has died. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member passed away…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 6, 2020

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Country music icon Charlie Daniels has died.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member passed away Monday morning (July 6) at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. He was 83 years old.

According to a statement from his publicist, Daniels suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, which resulted in his death.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Born October 28, 1936, Charlie Daniels was a country music icon, who was also known for his contributions to Southern rock and bluegrass. He was best known for his chart-topping hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.