Country icon Merle Haggard has been forced to canceled an upcoming performance on January 30 due to health issues. In December, Haggard canceled tour dates after he checked himself into a hospital and learned he had double pneumonia. In an interview later with Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius XM, he admitted to being “nearly dead” when he was hospitalized for two weeks.
In a tweet, Haggard’s youngest son, Ben Haggard, confirmed that his father had developed double pneumonia again. He had been hospitalized in December of last year, forcing the musician to reschedule the rest of his concerts for the year. At the time, the pneumonia was so bad that Merle told SiriusXM in an interview that he “was nearly dead.”
Haggard said if it had not been for Gene Autry’s widow, Jackie, who convinced him to go to the hospital, he might not be here.