Health woes force country music legend Merle Haggard off the stage and into the hospital

There are those artists that seem unbreakable and so tough that nothing can touch them. But when it does, we all take a moment to step back and realize that even these larger-than-life artists are really human beings — who sometimes get sick.

Hence, the unbreakable Merle Haggard was brought to his knees on Dec. 3 and admitted into the hospital with pneumonia. The announcement was made on the country outlaw’s Facebook page.

“Due to pneumonia, MERLE HAGGARD has checked into a CA hospital, forcing him to postpone his next few tour dates. Those shows include last night in Palm Desert, tonight in Riverside. Friday in Oakland and Saturday in Wendover. However, he hopes to be well enough to play his dates in Las Vegas, NV, Beverly Hills and Lemore, CA next week. Stay tuned…”

Back in June, Haggard joined with fellow country legend Willie Nelson for the album “Django and Jimmie,” an album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and in the Top 10 (No. 7) on the Billboard 200 Bestselling Albums Chart.

We send our well wishes to Haggard and pray that he gets back on that stage he loves very, very soon.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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