News Actions Facebook Tweet Email PHOTOS: Remembering Merle Haggard Posted at 1:03 PM, Apr 06, 2016 and last updated 2016-04-06 19:13:03-04 Country music legend, and Oildale native, Merle Haggard has passed away on his birthday. He was 79 years old. 23ABC News Sign up for the Headlines Newsletter and receive up to date information. now signed up to receive the Headlines Newsletter. Click here to manage all Newsletters Enter to Win Free Pizza!