Country legend Merle Haggard has been battling pneumonia for months, and it has been confirmed that the country legend has passed away on his 79th birthday. The Hag was scheduled to tour with Willie Nelson this month, but was forced to cancel due to illness.
Haggard was born on April 6, 1937 and is considered one of country’s greatest outlaws. In 1994, he became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1997, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
literally just fell to the floor. can't believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) April 6, 2016
There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 6, 2016
Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 6, 2016
My dear friend and one of country music's treasures @merlehaggard has just passed away. My deepest sympathy to his family.
— TG Sheppard (@TGSheppardmusic) April 6, 2016
Nobody ever sang a song with the heart and emotion that @merlehaggard did. No wonder it's raining today. Even God is crying.
— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) April 6, 2016
You are a cornerstone of country music @merlehaggard…u will be missed greatly. Praying for the Haggard family. ?
— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) April 6, 2016
Damn…can't believe the news. Rest in peace, Merle.
— Joe Nichols (@JoeNichols) April 6, 2016
Rest in peace, Hag. One of a kind, and the definition of legend. pic.twitter.com/aUGX22Avna
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 6, 2016
Another legend lost. Playing "Misery & Gin" in your honor, Merle. pic.twitter.com/Z5MAT0S7XB
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 6, 2016
There will never be another artist like the Hag… Rest In Peace Merle Haggard
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 6, 2016
Unbelievably sad to hear of Merle Haggard's passing. What a mark he left on country music. Forever grateful for that. ❤️
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) April 6, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with Merle’s family and friends during this difficult time. Country music has truly lost a legend.