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Paying respect to Merle Haggard

Posted at 2:23 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-09 13:59:40-04

Preparations are underway to honor and pay respects for the late country legend, Merle Haggard.

KRCR, our ABC affiliate in Redding says Haggard was cremated Friday. His family will be holding a private, invite only funeral at his home in Palo Cedro.

Haggard was ill since December, with double pneumonia, and faced lung cancer back in 2008, where part of his lung was removed.

Haggard continued to play up until early this year, as his illness worsened. According to Teresa Redburn, his manager, he passed of complications with his illness.

There are several ways the public can pay their respects to the late icon:

- You can go to The Kern County Museum and lay flowers, signs or other remembrances.

-There will be a candle light vigil at the Harley Davidson, where Haggard's rock monument is located.
    Saturday, April 9th at 8 p.m. 
    35089 Merle Haggard Drive, Oildale, California 93308

-The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame is holding a tribute concert.
   Sunday April 10th 2p.m.-6p.m. 
   $5 for public entry

If you do not see your signs at the Kern County Museum, do not be alarmed. With the recent rain and wind, staff brought the signs inside and will place them back out when the weather improves.
 
Staff say they have no plans of removing the remembrances but they will leave the flowers until they start to wilt.
 
The candle light vigil was created by locals who called up Harley Davidson and asked if they could have one. Ben Patten, with Harley Davidson, said he will be there with a couple other employees and plan to bring hot chocolate.
 
The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame has a host of bands confirmed to play Sunday afternoon. They removed rows in the theater to make room for visitors to stand and enjoy the entertainment.
 
"This tribute is just first to honor Merle Haggard, as each day goes by he becomes greater and bigger and bigger to the whole world," Kim McAbee-Carter with the Music Hall of Fame said.