When news broke on July 6 that the iconic Charlie Daniels had died, the country music community was shaken to its core. The 83-year-old was relatively healthy, enjoying snowmobiling in Colorado in the winter, maintaining a rigorous tour schedule through summer and fall, and was looking forward to his upcoming Volunteer Jam. His son, Charlie Jr., is now taking fans through those final difficult hours of his father’s last day in a post on the legend’s website.
Charlie Jr. admits that he and his mother, Hazel, are still “shell-shocked.” He goes on to explain that his mother called him at 5:45 AM saying that his father was sick and he needed to come right away.
“My first thoughts were that somehow – despite not having hugged my parents in over four months, and any time I had to be in close proximity to them I was masked – Dad had gotten infected with COVID-19,” he writes.
When Charlie arrived at his parent’s home, his father was alert, but weak. A call was made to the 911 dispatcher and to Charlie Sr.’s cardiologist who suspected a stroke.
Due to coronavirus precautions, only Charlie Jr. and his father’s manager, David Corlew, went to the hospital. When doctor’s came out for an update, the news was heartbreaking.
“He told us that dad had a massive stroke, and that because of the blood thinner he was on, he wasn’t clotting,” Charlie Jr. writes. The blood thinner had been prescribed after Charlie Sr. suffered a stroke in 2010 while snowmobiling in Colorado.
Doctors attempted to reverse the effects of the medicine, but Charlie Jr. says, “By the time the meds kicked in, they weren’t getting any brain activity.”
Unfortunately, the thing that had let us all have Charlie Daniels for ten more years, ultimately took him.
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The younger Daniels is committed to keeping his father’s legacy of military support alive and followers of his social media accounts will see that they are still live. He is also hoping to release some of his dad’s catalog material and shares that the Volunteer Jam will likely turn into a tribute show.
Our thoughts remain with the Daniels family.