Country stars and fans across the world are scrambling for the words to convey their grief over the loss of one of the genre’s true icons, Merle Haggard.
Charlie Daniels said it best when he tweeted, “Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard.”
Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) April 6, 2016
Here is a rundown of the reactions from country singers as they come in —
Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer…a true entertainer…a legend. There will never be another like him.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 6, 2016
Hard to believe the news about Merle Haggard. Working with him is something I'll never forget & will cherish forever pic.twitter.com/XsgqYvbtD5
— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) April 6, 2016
My heart is absolutely broken in two at the news of the loss of Merle Haggard. We keep losing all of the good ones. What a sad, sad day…
— Jay DeMarcus (@JayDeMarcus) April 6, 2016
literally just fell to the floor. can't believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) April 6, 2016
Damn…can't believe the news. Rest in peace, Merle.
— Joe Nichols (@JoeNichols) April 6, 2016
There will never be another artist like the Hag… Rest In Peace Merle Haggard
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 6, 2016
He finally has his silver wings.
— Granger Smith (@GrangerSmith) April 6, 2016
Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed. RIP to a true songwriter, a pioneer of California Country, and country music.
— Jon Pardi (@JonPardi) April 6, 2016
Rest in peace, Hag. One of a kind, and the definition of legend. pic.twitter.com/aUGX22Avna
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) April 6, 2016
rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever
— Billy Currington (@billycurrington) April 6, 2016
Today is one of the saddest days in our lives. Merle Haggard, our musical hero passed on his 79th birthday. He was the reason I started writing songs and moved to Nashville. After hearing the "Big City" record I knew that that was what I wanted to do. It just spoke to me and my life would be changed forever. -keifer We spent years playing in Honky Tonks and Merle's music made up much of our set. We believe that he was the greatest singer/ songwriter who has ever lived. This picture is the first time Keifer met Merle backstage at "The George Jones and Friends Show". Keifer never played that guitar again after that night. The world will miss Merle but his music will truly live forever. Thank you Mr. Haggard. Keifer and Shawna
A true hero was lost today. Thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music. @merlehaggard
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 6, 2016