Merle Haggard, revered country singer of common man anthems, dies at 79

April 6, 2016 5:59 PM

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Merle Haggard, revered country singer of common man anthems, dies at 79

Merle Haggard, the Grammy Award-winning singer whose autobiographical prison songs and populist political anthems, notably “Mama Tried” and “Okie From Muskogee,” made him one of country music’s most formidable and celebrated entertainers, died April 6 in Palo Cedro, Calif. He died on his 79th birthday.

The cause was complications from pneumonia, his manager, Frank Mull, told the Associated Press.

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