Merle Haggard, one of country music’s greatest and most honoured artists, died on Wednesday, his 79th birthday.
While no cause of death has been announced, he recently cancelled a series of concerts, something he has done multiple times over the last year and, especially, in the last couple of months. In each case, he had been battling pneumonia or, in the last few months, double pneumonia in both lungs.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Ann Lane and six children from five marriages.
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