Merle Haggard has been struggling to stay healthy since he came down with pneumonia in early December.
He has postponed many shows and the ones he's battled through have been just that - a battle.
A February concertgoer told Country Weekly that Haggard's set was "spoken more than sung" and that he could "barely walk onto the stage".
On March 2, it was reported that Haggard had cancelled his March concert dates and checked into a hospital due to a recurring case of double pneumonia. Just a day later, his youngest son, Ben, asked the world to pray for his ailing father.
Billboard now reports that Haggard has cancelled all his April tour dates, which all included special guest Willie Nelson.
"I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I hope to be back on the road in May, but I'm taking it one day at a time," he said in a statement from his publicist on Tuesday (March 29).
His family has urged him to stop touring, but Haggard says he can't. He admitted in an interview with Garden & Gun's Matt Hendrickson that touring is like a "double-edged sword." It's what "keeps [him] alive", yet may be the cause of his ongoing illness.
Our prayers continue to be with Haggard during his recovery.
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