Merle Haggard Has Passed Away At Age 79

Merle Haggard wearing a hat and sunglasses

Country music legend Merle Haggard has died, his manager confirmed. He turned 79 on Wednesday.

Haggard’s manager said he died at 9:20 a.m. in California.

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Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. He was best known for his 1969 hit Okie From Muskogee, along with dozens of other No. 1 hits.

RIP, Merle.