A week after Charlie Daniels died (7/6) of a stroke in a hospital just outside of Nashville, his son Charlie Daniels Jr. took to his father’s website to share the country legend’s final hours with fans.
Charlie Jr. writes, “I think it goes without saying, that this has been the worst week of my life, bar none. The man I’ve known for 55 years, who, along with my mom, have always been there for me is gone. We’re still shell-shocked.”
He adds, “I know he’s only gone in the physical sense, I have no doubt that at 9:52 AM on Monday morning on July 6th, dad heard ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant,’ and I know that I will see him again.”
Daniels Jr. then describes the morning that his father died. “It started at 5:45 AM when mom called me crying and said that I needed to get up to their house right now, that dad was sick. My first thoughts were that somehow – despite not having hugged my parents in over 4 months, and any time I had to be in close proximity to them I was masked – dad had gotten infected with COVID-19.”
He continued, “I quickly drove up to the house and found mom and dad on the upstairs porch and dad was slumped over in his chair, I asked him if he could breathe, he nodded and tried to say yes, but it was obvious that he was very weak. I called 911, and while I was on with them, mom called dad’s cardiologist and rather than COVID-19, he told mom that he thought he was having a stroke which I relayed to the 911 operator.”
Charlie Jr. then shared that after a 2010 stroke, his father was on blood thinner. He said, “The blood thinner is what did him in this time. Because his blood wasn’t clotting, the blood kept pouring into his brain stem. We asked if there was anything, ANYTHING that could be done. He said they could try to reverse the effects of the blood thinner and see if they could stop the bleeding. But by the time the meds kicked in, they weren’t getting any brain activity.”
Daniels’ wife Hazel was them summoned and the family said their goodbyes.
Jr. then ended his blog saying, “He was the strongest man I’ve ever known. The best father, the best boss, the best friend I could ever ask for. My mom and I miss him terribly.”