Country legend Merle Haggard dies

Country music legend Merle Haggard, best known for such patriotic hits as “Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me,” died Wednesday, his birthday, at his home in Northern California. He was 79.Haggard died of complications from pneumonia, his agent Lance Roberts told CNN.Haggard recorded more than three dozen No. 1 country hits in a musical career that spanned six decades, from the 1960s into the 2010s. He overcame an early life of crime and a prison term in San Quentin to develop a rugged, outlaw image that helped sell millions of records.Tributes immediately began pouring in from the

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