Merle Haggard fans left heartbroken by this tragic news on his 79th birthday

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Merle Haggard has died after battling pneumonia. The iconic country singer turned 79-years-old today.

Earlier this year Haggard spent a week and a half at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Racho Mirage after being diagnosed with pneumonia in late 2015. He had already canceled all of his April concert dates after his condition worsened earlier this week.

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