The manager for Merle Haggard says the American country and western songwriter has died in California.
Haggard was born in California April 6, 1937. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994 after a prolific career that included dozens of chart-toppers, including “Okie from
He would have been 79 years old today.
Tributes are pouring in on his Twitter account:
We've lost an American original. RIP Merle Haggard. Today was his birthday too. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/8erKSIh6SA— Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) April 6, 2016
There will never be another artist like the Hag... Rest In Peace Merle Haggard— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 6, 2016
rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever— Billy Currington (@billycurrington) April 6, 2016
Merle Haggard has died. The Bakersfield Californian has a good obit up: https://t.co/1kAB1tZT7R— Sam Sifton (@SamSifton) April 6, 2016
Nobody ever sang a song with the heart and emotion that @merlehaggard did. No wonder it's raining today. Even God is crying.— Jake Owen (@jakeowen) April 6, 2016
You are a cornerstone of country music @merlehaggard...u will be missed greatly. Praying for the Haggard family. 💔— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) April 6, 2016