Merle Haggard, the country music legend known for hits like “Okie from Muskogee” and “Workin’ Man Blues,” died Wednesday, reports TMZ. It was his 79th birthday.
Haggard passed away at his home in Redding, California, after a battle with pneumonia.
The star, known as “The Poet of the Common Man,” released the album "Django and Jimmie" with Willie Nelson last year. They had planned to tour together, but shows were canceled due to his health.
Haggard’s career skyrocketed in the 1960s and 1970s with honky-tonk hits like “Today I Started Loving You Again,” “Sing Me Back Home,” and “Hungry Eyes.” He released 38 chart-topping records during his career.