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Merle Haggard Recovering from Double Pneumonia

Merle Haggard photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Merle Haggard is on the mend from a bout of double pneumonia, reports Reuters. He was admitted to the hospital on January 17 when illness forced him to cancel a show in Macon, Georgia just moments before he was scheduled to take the stage. His spokesperson says he’s recovering from several health issues that have been discovered while he was being treated.

According to Tresa Redburn, Merle’s Los Angeles-based spokesperson, his pneumonia is almost completely clear. He is also recovering from three stomach ulcers, the removal of eight colon polyps, and diverticulitis in his esophagus. “He will be back up and running in 30 days,” Redburn said.

“Thanks to the wonderful people all over the world that prayed their special prayers,” Merle said in a statement. “I’m a new man. Another special thanks to the folks of Macon, Georgia, for their kindness, their intelligence and probably saving my life.”

Merle had to cancel the remainder of his January tour and plans to begin performing again in late February.

We’re wishing Merle a speedy recovery. Leave your get well wishes for him in the comments section!


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