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Country and western music star Merle Haggard died on April 6, 2016, due to complications caused by double pneumonia. Merle died on his 79th birthday, surrounded by his family and closest friends.
With a career that spanned over four decades, Haggard was one of the most celebrated country music icons in the United States and one of the creators of the Bakersfield sound. He was also one of the most influential songwriters, guitarists, fiddlers and singers in history, with over 38 hit songs that were no.1 on the charts.
Haggard will be remembered as the voice of the outlaws, the downtrodden and the disempowered. Many also called him the working man’s poet. As his destiny took Haggard from jail cell to stardom, his story is truly a story of the American dream.
Following the sad news of his death, numerous celebrities took to social media to pay tribute to Haggard. Here’s what they wrote:
Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 6, 2016
RIP Merle Haggard. A True Original. https://t.co/jZmULwqqq3
— Glen Campbell (@GlenCampbell) April 6, 2016
— George Jones (@gjpossum) 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
literally just fell to the floor. can’t believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) April 6, 2016
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) April 6, 2016