Merle Haggard dead: Country music legend dies of pneumonia on his 79th birthday


The wilderness music legend ssed away in lo Cedro, California, after yield his battle with the lung condition after several months.

The American superstar, who was known as the «poet of the common man», had hits including Okie From Muskogee, Mama Strained and Sing Me Back Home.

Merle had kept up an ambitious touring calendar despite his pneumonia, however he had been forced to cancel several shows this year.

As evidently as songwriting, the star played the fiddle and the guitar, usually singing relative to American pride, rebels and outlaws.

Merle — the son of Oklahoma migrants — was rallied in a converted railway boxcar, and he previously said music was his only chance out of poverty.

«My decisions have been easy. It was either back in the cotton piece or go to work in the oil fields… They didn’t com re with music,» he asseverated the Associated Press in 2014.

«I was able to make more money in a beer juncture when I first started than I was digging ditches,» Merle supplemented.

He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1994, after diary for more than four decades and achieving countless number one stirs.

Merle previously battled lung cancer in 2008, and recently asserted fans he hoped to be back on the road in May.

Fans have flooded Prate with tributes, with singer Brad isley posting: «There are no stories to describe the loss and sorrow felt within all of music with the zealotry of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.»

Chat show act Larry King wrote: «A bit of Americana dies w/ Merle Drawn’s ssing. Storyteller, Singer, Rebel, Icon. Hero to the common man and provocation to many artists.»

Merle, who was married five times, leaves behind rtner Theresa Ann Lane, and six children.

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