By Radio.com Staff

Country music legend Merle Haggard has died at the age of 79.

Related: Artists React to Merle Haggard’s Death

Haggard had recently canceled his April tour dates to focus on his health. The musician had twice been hospitalized for pneumonia, once in December and a second time earlier in March.

Haggard recorded more than 90 albums, and placed 112 titles on the country charts, scored 71 top-10 hits and had 38 No. 1 songs (via Music Row). His hits include the country classics “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “Today I Started Loving You Again,” and many many more.

Ben Haggard, Merle’s son shared the following statement via his official Facebook page:

A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends. He loved everything about life and he loved that everyone of you gave him a chance with his music. He wasn’t just a country singer.. He was the best country singer that ever lived.

 

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