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Ben Haggard Clears Up Rumors Surrounding Father Merle’s Health

Additional shows canceled.

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Merle Haggard’s health has once again become an issue as news that additional show dates have been cancelled for January, but his son, Ben, is speaking out to clarify what the issue actually is.

On his Twitter account, Ben writes, “Dad isn’t sick again, he’s just still recovering from pneumonia.” He tags the post with a “thumbs up” emoji to confirm that all is well in the Haggard household.

Late last year Merle canceled shows in December after pneumonia left him hospitalized for two weeks. He told Sirius XM, “I guess I was nearly dead. They couldn’t tell whether the cancer had returned or whether I just had pneumonia. They had to wait until they got the pneumonia under control before we could tell.”

As Ben points out in his tweet, it just takes time to recover from the ailment.

Feel better soon, Merle!

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