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  • Country icon Merle Haggard, champion of the underdog, dies story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-06-16 4:31 pm

    NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Country giant Merle Haggard, who rose from poverty and prison to international fame through his songs about outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.