A legend has died

Country Music legend Merle Haggard has passed away today, and according to Taste of Country, today was also his 79th birthday. According to the report, Haggard was hospitalized in December of last year because he had double pneumonia. He had cancelled all of his tour dates because of being so sick and in the hospital.

The report also states that he was “nearly dead” when he was in the hospital for two weeks with the double pneumonia. In fact, before his passing this morning, he had been in hospice care since being sick with the pneumonia. His doctor’s say he died from the double pneumonia.

According to Rolling Stone, Haggard was a true country music legend with 38 number one country hits under his name.

He was a big influence not just in the country music community but also the rock-and-roll community because of his hard-edged singing style.

Haggard didn’t have to look too far for material for his music because all he had to do was take pages from his own life. With songs including “Hungry Eyes” which came from the depression era, “Sing Me Back Home” which was pulled from his prison diaries, and another great song of his, “I think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” was taken from the hard life he had lived. He was a true country music legend and will surely be missed.

He inspired a lot of country music singers and rock-and-roll singers, including Waylon Jennings, Eric Church, Gram Parsons, and Jamey Johnson. Willie Nelson had great words for the country music legend, saying he was "one of the best."

Merla Haggard died from double pneumonia at 9:20 this morning in Palo Cedro, California, according to his manager, Frank Mull. He will be missed but his music will forever live on, on his fans radios, and he will live on in the hearts of everyone who enjoyed listening to his songs.

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Merle Haggard was born in 1937 outside of Bakersfield, California, two years after his family moved there from Oklahoma. His father took care of his family by getting work with the railroad and playing his fiddle in different bands for money on the side. His father died back when Merle was just nine-years-old from a brain hemorrhage.