Merle Haggard's health has been a subject of concern for fans ever since his hospitalization for double pneumonia late last year. Haggard told Willie's Roadhouse SiriusXM station in mid-December that the sickness gave him quite a scare.
“I guess I was nearly dead,” Haggard said laughing. “They couldn’t tell whether I had cancer returned or whether I just had pneumonia. They had to wait until they got the pneumonia under control before we could tell, so it’s been kind of a tough couple of weeks.”
The singer has struggled to recover ever since and was forced to postpone several December tour dates and two in late January. It seemed as if the 78-year old legend was on the mend until he made a last-minute cancellation of his Tuesday night concert (February 2) at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California. This evening, his publicist Tresa Redburn released a statement to CMT announcing that all of Merle Haggard's remaining February dates have been canceled.
“He is still feeling weak from his recent struggle with double pneumonia and has decided to seek further treatment for it,” Redburn said. “Merle is hopeful he will be back on the road later in the spring. Check back at www.merlehaggard.com for updates.”
The canceled concerts include shows in California and Nevada and a performance that was to take place tonight (February 3) with Kris Kristofferson.
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