Country music stalwart Merle Haggard has passed away.
His manager, Frank Mull, said the icon died in California of pneumonia on his birthday.
Haggard celebrated outlaws, underdogs and national pride in his long list of #1 hits and albums, including “Sing Me Back Home” and “Okie From Muskogee.”
The guitarist, fiddler and songwriter was 79.
There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) April 6, 2016