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The country music community is in deep, deep mourning over the loss of Merle Haggard AP Images
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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.”

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Here is a rundown of the reactions from country singers as they come in —

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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 photo posted by thompson square (@thompsonsquare) on Apr 6, 2016 at 11:38am PDT

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Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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