Country music legend Merle Haggard dies at 79

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A country music legend with ties to the Sooner State has died at the age of 79.

Merle Haggard died around 9:20 a.m. in California on Wednesday, according to Haggard's manager.

Wednesday marked his 79th birthday.

According to Taste of Country, Haggard was suffering from a series of health struggles.

He was best known for his hit tune "Okie from Muskogee," along with dozens of other top hits.

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