As news of Merle Haggard’s unexpected passing makes its way across social media, country stars are reacting to the heartbreaking news. On April 6, his 79th birthday, the country icon passed away in California just months after a severe bout of double pneumonia forced him to be hospitalized. The loss is a huge blow to the country music community, who are supplying their condolences through their social media pages.
Haggard’s son Ben shared this heartbreaking photo taken from his father’s bedside before he passed away earlier this morning.
The loss is a huge blow to the country music community, who are supplying their condolences through their social media pages.
Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 6, 2016
We lost a true hero today & I'm very sad to say a true friend.
I will always be eternally grateful.
— Sturgill Simpson (@SturgillSimpson) April 6, 2016
— Willie Nelson (@willienelson) 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
It felt like the world stopped for a moment when I heard about Merle Haggard…such an icon…thanks for your gift to all of us brother
— Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) April 6, 2016
I loved it all but I especially loved when he picked up the fiddle. He seemed to be having so much fun. pic.twitter.com/8GeycbVwxD
— Lee Ann Womack (@leeannwomack) April 6, 2016
Your name will be honored. Your music celebrated. Your legacy never forgotten. Country music will live on. I'll be sure of it.
— Granger Smith (@GrangerSmith) April 6, 2016
Merle Haggard was the best country songwriter there ever was.
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) April 6, 2016
Merle Haggard was the best of them all. https://t.co/CvIetIue6p
— Charlie Worsham (@charlieworsham) April 6, 2016
Pains me to say that country music icon @merlehaggard has passed away. So honored to have known him and shared the stage with him.
— Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic) April 6, 2016
Rest in peace, Hag. One of a kind, and the definition of legend. pic.twitter.com/aUGX22Avna
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 6, 2016
Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed. RIP to a true songwriter, a pioneer of California Country, and country music.
— Jon Pardi (@JonPardi) April 6, 2016
Hard to believe the news about Merle Haggard. Working with him is something I'll never forget & will cherish forever pic.twitter.com/XsgqYvbtD5
— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) 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
literally just fell to the floor. can't believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) April 6, 2016
There will never be another artist like the Hag… Rest In Peace Merle Haggard
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 6, 2016
RIP Merle Haggard. Everyone spend some time today listening to Merle. One of the greatest ever.
— Wheeler Walker, Jr. (@WheelerWalkerJr) 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
— The Band Perry (@thebandperry) April 6, 2016
— Vince Gill (@VGcom) April 6, 2016
— Rodney Atkins (@RodneyAtkins) April 6, 2016
— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) April 6, 2016