Merle Haggard Dead: Twitter Reactions from Fellow Country Music Stars, Celebrities, Public Figures

April 7, 2016

The death of country music legend Merle Haggard on his 79th birthday has brought forth an enormous outpouring of reactions on Twitter — tributes, remembrances, condolences and more from fellow music artists, celebrities and public figures all around the world. Here’s a roundup of what is being said.

Merle Haggard

It was Merle Haggard’s 79th birthday, April 6th. What would have been a day of celebration — the kind of day that we like to find those cheerful “happy birthday” posts in social media that might include a video of an iconic performance or a rare, vintage photo. But that day became also his death day and the tributes were retrospective expressions of appreciation and sorrow over the loss.

TMZ was among the first news outlets to report that Haggard had died at his home of double pneumonia which he had been battling for several weeks and also to report that, according to his manager, he had predicted he would die on his birthday. Right up until his death he had been touring with his band the Strangers and, as of this writing, one still finds when one Googles his name the full itinerary of the concerts that, sadly, will not take place.

His son, Ben Haggard, the lead guitarist in his band, posted a heartbreaking tribute to his father, and also shed some light on his final hours. He posted on Twitter and Facebook a photo (below) of his hand clasping his father, the identifying tattoo on his wrist, “PSI.” As US Weekly reports, it stands for the reform school he was sent to as a juvenile, the Preston School of Industry, back in those outlaw days that eventually landed him in San Quentin Prison in the late 1950s and that have become a part of his legacy.

And what a legacy it has been. Thousands and thousands of songs, from “Okie from Muskogee” to “Mama Tried” to “The Fightin’ Side of Me” and many more. He received about every possible award a legend might receive; Grammy Awards, ACM Awards and the like, but also induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and, in 2010 he was a Kennedy Center Honoree.

Now as the news sinks in that we have lost yet another musical giant, fellow country music artists, celebrities and public figures have all taken to Twitter and other social media to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Merle Haggard. Here’s a roundup of what’s being said.

Reactions to the death continue as #MerleHaggard and #RIPMerleHaggard hashtags are trending on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media. Public figures, celebrities as well as fellow music artists continue to pay tribute to the man who was no less than a national treasure.

Pictures: PR Photos

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