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Country music legend Merle Haggard dies on his 79th birthday

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Country music legend Merle Haggard has passed away on his birthday, according to several media outlets. He was 79-years-old.

Haggard’s manager said he died at 9:20 a.m. in California

In addition to 40 #1 hits, Haggard has won just about every music award.

Last month, Haggard's hit "Mama Tried" was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry.

Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, he is in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

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