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Merle Haggard Says That He Was Nearly Dead

12/21/2015
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(Radio.com) Merle Haggard checks in from the hospital, after being admitted earlier this month. "A couple weeks ago I came in the hospital here, and I guess I was nearly dead," he said in a recent radio interview.

"They couldn't tell whether the [lung] cancer had returned or whether I just had pneumonia," he continued. "They had to wait until they got the pneumonia under control before we could tell. So it's been kind of a tough couple of weeks, but I've got so many people to thank."

And Haggard did, in fact, take the opportunity to genuinely thank a long list of the people, most notably Gene Autry's widow Jackie, who encouraged him to go to the hospital. "Without her I might not be alive," he admitted.

He also thanked fans for praying for him and God for letting him have another Christmas. Listen to the interview here.

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