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Merle Haggard Predicted He Would Pass on His Birthday

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Prior to his passing, Merle Haggard had been in and out of the hospital, battling pneumonia. His son, Ben Haggard, had been keeping folks updated on his facebook, and it turns out the legend’s death may have been a surprise to us, but not to him or his family. Merle passed away on his 79th birthday, just like he had predicted he would.

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…

Posted by Ben Haggard on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Since his passing, artists and friends have been sharing their tributes on social media.

One of the gr8 concert memories I have is seeing Merle and the Strangers at the Ryman in Nashville. We had a “live”…

Posted by Keith Urban on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Merle Haggard was a huge musical influence in my life. For someone to pass away on their birthday is very rare. But, then again, legends such as Merle are incredibly rare. See ya later, Hag.-Trace Adkins

Posted by Trace Adkins on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

We’ve lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle.

Posted by Dolly Parton on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rest easy Merle. You’ve earned it.

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