Country music icon MERLE HAGGARD passed away Wednesday, April 6th on his 79th birthday. According to his manager he had battled double pneumonia some time. HAGGARD was diagnosed with pneumonia last year and subsequently spent 11 days hospitalized at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.
HAGGARD had been battling back from the illness of late and had even scheduled a small tour with his pal WILLIE NELSON in support of their album “Django and Jimmie” which was recorded last year.
It was brought to the public’s attention last week that HAGGARD was once again battling the illness as he was forced to cancel all his shows for the month of April while he tried to recuperate. According to his manager, HAGGARD was weary of his long battle with the illness and had even predicted his passing on his birthday.
Last month, HAGGARD’s hit “Mama Tried” was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry. HAGGARD was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and is also a member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. There is no doubt of the long and lasting impact that MERLE HAGGARD has left on Country Music!