The country music world is devastated after losing one of its most iconic legends. Immediately after news broke that Merle Haggard has died at age 79 on April 6, country singers flooded Twitter with sweet tributes and messages. See the tweets here.
It’s a sad day for Nashville. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley and more country superstars are mourning the loss of legendary singer Merle Haggard after his sudden passing on April 6. See what the stars are saying on Twitter to honor Merle right here.
News travels fast, and country singers flooded Twitter with sweet messages about Merle after his unexpected death. “Love and prayers for the Haggard family,” Carrie wrote. “Merle was a pioneer…a true entertainer…a legend. There will never be another like him.”
Indeed, the “Okie From Muskogee” singer is credited with having a major impact on the country music scene, and has put out successful music his start in the 1970s right into the 2000s. Sadly, Merle’s health has been slowly declining over the past several months, and after a brutal case of double pneumonia in December 2015, for which he was in the hospital for 11 days, his system was seriously weakened.
The country icon died on April 6, which was actually the same day as his 79th birthday, something he surprisingly predicted before the end of his life, according to his manager. Merle was scheduled to perform several concerts throughout April, but they had to be canceled when his pneumonia came back in March.
We are so saddened to hear of this news, and so are country music’s biggest stars. See what they’re saying to mourn the influential singer right here:
Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer…a true entertainer…a legend. There will never be another like him.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 6, 2016
There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 6, 2016
"Mighty" Merle Haggard was the greatest country songwriter of ALL TIME. We shared many great memories, and I will miss him. #merlehaggard
— John Rich (@johnrich) April 6, 2016
— George Jones (@gjpossum) April 6, 2016
“Jesus… Sweet Jesus…You love me just as I am… Jesus… Sweet Jesus… I’ve been washed in the Blood of the Lamb!” Merle Haggard #RIPHAG
— The Oak Ridge Boys (@oakridgeboys) April 6, 2016
Unbelievably sad to hear of Merle Haggard's passing. What a mark he left on country music. Forever grateful for that. ❤️
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) April 6, 2016
RIP Merle…you paved the way for so many. You had what we all hope for…a voice that matters and survives the ever changing trends.
— Kip Moore (@KipMooreMusic) April 6, 2016
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