Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies at 79

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One of country music biggest legends, Merle Haggard, has passed away.

According to a report from Sirius XM, the Country Music Hall of Fame passed away today, April 6, which also marked his 79th birthday.

UPDATE (12:53 P.M.): The news has been confirmed by Haggard's manager, according to a report from the Associated Press. No further statement has been released.

Haggard had been battling to recover from a severe bout of double pneumonia, which forced him to be hospitalized last December.

Country stars are sharing their condolences as the news travels through social media.

Stay tuned to Wide Open Country for additional details.

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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies at 79