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Longtime Charlie Daniels Band Member Killed In Crash

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Joel ‘Taz' DiGregorio Joel ‘Taz' DiGregorio

CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. – A longtime keyboard player for the Charlie Daniels Band was killed Wednesday night in a single car crash on I-40 in Cheatham County.

Joel ‘Taz' DiGregorio died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash while driving to meet the band's tour bus. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said that his SUV went off the road and into a ditch before striking a tree. Investigators said he was not wearing a seatbelt and ejected from the vehicle.

The band was about to leave for Cumming, Georgia, for a concert appearance at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival on Thursday night. However, the band has now cancelled that concert and one scheduled for Saturday in Waterbury, Connecticut.

DiGregorio was an original member of the band for more than 40 years and a co-writer of many of their songs including "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

Charlie Daniels released a statement Thursday morning saying: "I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends. The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician. We traveled many miles together and shared so many nights on the road. We're going to miss you buddy. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten. We send our deepest condolences to the family."

He was 67-years-old. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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