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RIP Country Legend Merle Haggard


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Country music icon Merle Haggard has died in California, his manager has said.

Haggard succumbed to pneumonia on his 79th birthday, Frank Mull told the Associated Press.

A masterful guitar player, fiddler and songwriter, Haggard was known for celebrating outlaws and underdogs in his lyrics.


Haggard accepts the Artist of a Lifetime Award at the 2014 CMT Awards

His career spanned over 40 years and spawned dozens of albums and No 1 hits, including Sing Me Back Home, Mama Tried and Okie From Muskogee.

Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.

He won dozens of county music awards throughout his career, along with three Grammy Awards.

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