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article imageCountry star Merle Haggard dead at 79

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 6, 2016 in Music
Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard has passed away today, April 6, on his actual birthday. The veteran star was 79 years old.
He was best known for his signature song "Okie from Muskogee," among countless other hits. The cause of his death was complications from pneumonia at his home in North California, according to his agent.
Throughout his career in the music industry, which spanned nearly six decades, Haggard recorded over three dozen chart-topping singles. He was remembered fondly by the biggest names in the country genre, both traditional and modern.
Newly-announced Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels noted that "country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience."
Martina McBride responded via a tweet as follows, "Just heard the news. I'm so so sad. I don't even know what else to say." Carrie Underwood proclaimed Haggard as a "pioneer," "a true entertainer" and "a legend." "There will never be another like him," Underwood added.
Digital Journal's interview with Merle Haggard from 2013 may be seen by clicking here.
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