Country fans are absolutely devastated about this news on Merle Haggard’s 79th Birthday

Country Music legend and songwrite Merle Haggard has died after an 11 day battle with pneumonia. Haggard was diagnosed with pneumonia previously last year and spent 11 days in the hospital in Riverside, California.

He died this Wednesday morning at his home in Redding, CA.

This news comes after last month when Haggard’s management cancelled his shows for April. His manager says Haggard was weary from battling pneumonia according to TMZ.

Earlier this year, he and Willie Nelson released an album — “Django and Jimmie.”

This is all the more tragic knowing that today is Merle Haggard’s 79th Birthday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.