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Merle Haggard Dead: Jake Owen, Jason Aldean and More React to Loss of Country Music Legend

A legend lost. Country music star Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday on Wednesday, April 6. In the wake of his death, country singers including Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Sheryl Crow, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood took to social media to mourn the singer.

Merle Haggard
Merle Haggard

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According to Haggard’s manager, the “Okie From Muskogee” crooner passed away at his home near Redding, California, after reportedly battling double pneumonia. Prior to his death, Haggard was hospitalized for 11 days at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Riverside, California, and canceled dates on his comeback tour with Willie Nelson.

In a statement to TMZ, Nelson expressed: “He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him.”

“Extremely sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest of all time Mr. Merle Haggard,” Aldean tweeted, along with a photo of them together.

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“The world will not be the same without @merlehaggard in it. Voice of reason, good man, true American artist. An original. RIP #MerleHaggard,” Crow added on Twitter.

See below for more reactions to the legend’s death.

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A post shared by Jamie Lynn Spears (@jamielynnspears) on

Another legend lost. This was real country. Brilliant. RIP Merle.

A post shared by Paul McDonald (@thepaulmcdonald) on

Rest in Peace Mr. Haggard. Your legacy will always live on.

A post shared by Maddie & Tae (@maddieandtae) on

Merle Haggard. The man, the songs, the voice, the attitude – Iconic.

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