American country music singer Merle Haggard has died of pneumonia on his 79th birthday, his manager confirmed.
Mr Haggard was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame with dozens of albums and top hits.
He wrote songs, sang and played fiddle and guitar, usually singing about American pride, rebels and outlaws.
The singer, who battled lung cancer in 2008, had recently cancelled April tour dates due to illness and said he hoped to be back on the road in May.
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