BREAKING NEWS: Merle Haggard Dies On His 79th Birthday

BREAKING NEWS: Merle Haggard Dies On His 79th Birthday | Society Of Rock Videos

April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016

Merle Haggard, country music legend and pioneer of the outlaw country movement, has died at the age of 79.

The news was confirmed this morning by Haggard’s manager, who also confirmed that the singer died peacefully at his home in Bakersfield, California, surrounded by family. The cause of death is not known at this time, but according to various country music outlets, Merle suffered from a bout of pneumonia last year and never regained full health.

The Los Angeles Times broke the news via their official Twitter account:

In addition to a glowing career spanning over 5 decades, Merle is survived by his wife Theresa and six children Marty, Noel, Dana, Kelli, Jenessa, and Ben, and our hearts go out to Merle’s loved ones during this difficult time.

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