Country Music Icon Merle Haggard Dead on His 79th Birthday

It’s been a tough year for aging musicians. Another one has passed. Country music legend Merle Haggard died on Wednesday on his 79th birthday.

FOX’s Jacquelyn Karl reports:

Country music legend Merle Haggard has died, his manager has confirmed. Haggard had been battling doublepneumonia for many months now, cancelling and rescheduling gigs, Haggard was eager to get back on stage. Today was also his birthday. He turned 79.

Haggard’s manager saying he died at 9:20 a.m. in California. Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. He was best known for his 1969 hit ‘Okie From Muskogee’ along with dozens of number one hits.

Jacquelyn Karl, FOX News.