TMZ.com and other sources are reporting that Country music legend Merle Haggard has died after battling double pneunomia … according to his manager.
Haggard was diagnosed with pneumonia last year and spent 11 days at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Riverside early this year. He died at home near Redding, CA on Wednesday morning.
He’d been battling back from the illness and even scheduled a string of concert dates with his pal Willie Nelson. They released an album, Django and Jimmie last year.
But last week Haggard canceled most of his shows for the rest of the year … due to his continuing efforts to recover.
Merle turned 79 today.