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Obituary: Merle Haggard, April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016

American country singer Merle Haggard has died aged 79.

The American country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard died on April 6, the day he turned 79. Haggard had been suffering from poor health for several years, yet he never ceased touring or recording. Across more than half a century, Haggard proved himself not just a great country artist but an icon of American music: as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader he set a template that won him praise from peers – Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson were close friends – and the respect of a wider audience, including many blues and soul artists.

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