Country icon Merle Haggard died on his birthday Wednesday.
He was 79.
Haggard’s manager confirms the country singer died of pneumonia in Palo Cedro, California.
The Country Music Hall of Famer recorded for more than 40 years, releasing dozens of albums and No. 1 hits, including “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home”.
Haggard ended his tour in December of 2015 and was hospitalized for two weeks. He was scheduled to play the Dauphin Countryfest in July.
— Dauphins Countryfest (@Country_Fest) April 6, 2016
rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever
— Billy Currington (@billycurrington) 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