Merle Haggard’s son shares emotional picture of dad’s final moments
PALO CEDRO, Calif. -- When Merle Haggard died Wednesday on his 79th birthday, it came as no surprise to his family. According to his son, Ben Haggard, his father told the family a week ago that "he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong." Haggard's son posted an emotional picture on Facebook that showed his hand on his father's hand just before he died.