Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, & More Remember Charlie Daniels: 'The Country Music Flag Is Flying at Half Mast'

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Charlie Daniels photographed in 1997 in Wilmington, N.C.

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels died Monday morning (July 6) from a hemorrhagic stroke, his publicist confirmed. He was 83.

As the news of his death spread, country artists remembered the legendary musician and his impact.

"I first met Charlie Daniels in 1976, and then when I was touring as part of Pure Prairie League, we opened a bunch of shows for him. I made a great friend in Charlie, and we've remained friends for over 40 years -- that's hard to do," Vince Gill tells Billboard. "He was a great example of loyalty and I'll miss him."

Luke Combs shared on Twitter, "The country music flag is flying at half mast today," regarding the news of Daniels' passing, while Aaron Watson and Jamey Johnson wrote they imagined "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" legend "fiddlin' in heaven" with his "new one made of gold."

Brad Paisley remembered the words of praise he wrote for Daniels' autobiography Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir from 2017. "A tale of hard work, musical discovery, and faith, Charlie Daniels's journey has been one of a kind," the note read from Paisley's Twitter tribute along with photos of the two country singers over the years. "Equal parts rebel rouser and apostle, it's no small coincidence he launched his career by beating the Devil with a fiddle in hand. I love this man, the things he stands for, and his music. What a story."

See the stars' reactions to Daniels' death below.

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