Looks like another country and western Legend has left us.
This ought to be the Republican Party official song:
Merle Haggard, one of the most successful singers in the history of country music, a contrarian populist whose songs about his scuffling early life and his time in prison made him the closest thing that the genre had to a real-life outlaw hero, died at his home in Redding, Calif., on Wednesday, his 79th birthday.
His death was confirmed by his agent, Lance Roberts.
May he rest in peace. 🙁