This is from Q Political. 

R. I. P. Merle Haggard you will be missed.

We loved him for his music, but now it will only be in the annals of history.

Merle Haggard has passed away on April 6, 2016, after a series of recent health struggles. He passed on what was also his 79th birthday.

According to Haggard’s manager, Frank Mull, the country icon died in Palo Cedro, California, from pneumonia that he had been battling for months. Despite having kept up an ambitious touring schedule, Haggard was forced to cancel shows earlier this year when he developed pneumonia in both lungs.

The Country Music Hall of Famer had numerous No. 1 hits, but he was loved for songs like “Okie From Muskogee” and “Sing Me Back Home”. But Haggard was more than that. He was more than just a great singer. He was a man who rose from poverty and prison (he actually escaped prison 17 times!) to become a bright star in the world of country and of music in general.

He sang songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride and Americans will always remember the man who brought justice and told off the record exec who once fired good ol’ Johnny Cash.

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In May 2008, Haggard was diagnosed with lung cancer, but kept it hidden from the public until November 2008. It was then that he had surgery to remove the tumor in his lung and made his public announcement about his illness just a few days later. In January 2009, he was cancer-free, but he has suffered more recent health challenges.

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The outlaw Cowboy had such a long rap sheet for the crimes of his youth that it was nearly impossible for his slate to wiped clean. That was until Ronald Reagan came along.

In 1972, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan pardoned Haggard for ALL his past crimes.

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In an interview with CMT, Haggard said, “He didn’t have to do it at all. He could have just snubbed his nose and went on to lunch.” Ten years later, Reagan was voted President of the United States and Haggard sang at a concert in celebration. “I hope the President will be as pleased with my performance today as I was with his pardon 10 years ago.”

Now not only had his rap sheet been forgiven, but we believe his sins were too, and Merle is now seated with Jesus in heaven. And miraculously, Haggard seemed to have known when he was going to go…

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We will miss you Merle. Thank you for your life and your gift. Rest in peace!

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