Country legend Merle Haggard has tragically passed away on April 6, his 79th birthday. Merle was apparently suffering from ‘health struggles’ and died at his home near Redding, California. May he rest in peace.
Merle Haggard died the morning of Wednesday, April 6, on his 79th birthday. Merle died while in hospice care in his own home, in Southern California. Though the cause of death has only been reported as “health problems,” Merle had suffered from a nasty case of double pneumonia in December 2015, which kept him hospitalized for 11 days. His manager told TMZ that the illness had seriously weakened him.
Shockingly, Merle’s manager also said to TMZ that the country star predicted to friends and family that he would die on his birthday! Merle, who was known for country greats like “Okie From Muskogee,” “Mama Tried,” and “The Fightin Side of Me,” was hospitalized for 11 days at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. In an interview with Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius XM, he said that he nearly died during the hospitalization. Merle was apparently in hospice care at the time of his death, according to Country Aircheck.
Merle was supposed to tour to promote a collaborative album he recorded in 2015 with Willie Nelson, Django and Jimmie. But he canceled all dates in December 2015 because of his illness, as well as shows scheduled for January 30 and 31. Again, in April 2016, he was supposed to tour for the album, but canceled all dates; he was still trying to bounce back from the brutal toll suffering from pneumonia took on his body, and was forced to cancel per doctors’ orders.
Merle was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s gone, but will never be forgotten for is indescribable contributions to country music. HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with Merle’s loved ones during this difficult time.