Country Legend, Merle Haggard, Dies at 79

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Country Legend, Merle Haggard, Dies at 79

Merle Haggard lived an epic life — even by country badass standards. The renegade musician influenced countless celebrated songwriters from longtime friend Willie Nelson and, come on, Willie freaking Nelson." Haggard died on his 79th birthday, April 6, after a battle with pneumonia.