Merle Haggard's son reveals country legend predicted he would die on his birthday

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Country Music Legend Merle Haggard Dies on His 79th Birthday

Merle Haggard predicted he would die on his birthday, his son says.

The country music icon died on Wednesday morning at his home near Redding, California. It was the same day as his 79th birthday, and his youngest son, Ben Haggard, reveals that Merle knew it would happen this way.

PHOTOS: Merle Haggard through the years

Merle Haggard through the years
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Merle Haggard's son reveals country legend predicted he would die on his birthday
FORT WORTH, TX - JULY 3: Merle Haggard performs a 4th of July concert at Billy Bob's, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Mike Brooks/DAL/Voice Media Group via Getty Images)
CIRCA 1964: Country musician Merle Haggard poses for a mid 1960's portrait. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CIRCA LATE 1960s: Country musician Merle Haggard poses for a late 1960's portrait. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American country music performer Merle Haggard smiles as he plays an acoustic guitar, 1970. (Photo by Lynn Pelham/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Merle Haggard Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Merle Haggard Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Airdate: December 2, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MERLE HAGGARD
NEW YORK: Merle Haggard performs live on stage in New York in 1978 (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Merle Haggard performs at Countryside Opry, Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 1980. (Photo by Kirk West/Getty Images)
Singer and musician Merle Haggard performs, Fresno, California, April 19, 1986. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: Merle Haggard performs on stage at the Country Music Festival held at Wembley Arena, London in April 1988. (Photo by David Redfern/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 28: Merle Haggard attends 18th Annual American Music Awards on January 28, 1991 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Meryl Haggard during Merle Haggard in Concert at Tramps - June 23, 1993 at Tramps in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)
Merle Haggard performs at Tramps, New York, June 23, 1993. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
Merle Haggard on 10/27/96 in Chicago,Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
Merle Haggard on 10/27/96 in Chicago,Il. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
Country music singer Merle Haggard came to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History today to donate (with his sister Lillian Hoge) personal family items from the dust-bowl era. (Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - 2004: Merle Haggard performs at the Ryman Auditorium in 2004 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Toby Keith during Willie Nelson and Friends: 'Outlaws & Angels' - Show and Backstage at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for NBC Universal Photo Department)
John Anderson and Merle Haggard during 54th Annual BMI Country Awards - Arrivals at BMI Offices in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage for BMI Nashville)
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 14: Musician Merle Haggard performs during the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 14, 2009 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Gary Miller/WireImage)
Merle Haggard arrives at the 2nd Annual ACM Honors at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center on September 22, 2009 in Nashville Tennessee.
Portrait of musician Merle Haggard, Napa, California, 2010. (Photo by Chris Felver/Getty Images)
Merle Haggard poses for a portrait November 6, 2010, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. (Photo by Dave Einsel For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: Merle Haggard poses for a photo during the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3985 -- Pictured: Musical guest Merle Haggard on February 8, 2011 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ALBUQUERQUE, NM - OCTOBER 21: Merle Haggard performs one of his many top-selling country songs at Route 66 Casinoâs Legends Theater on October 21, 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (Photo by Steve Snowden/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 10: Merle Haggard performs at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on August 10, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Merle Haggard attends the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 11: Singer-songwriter Merle Haggard performs in concert at ACL Live on November 11, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)

"A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn't wrong," Ben writes. "A hour ago he took his last breath surrounded by family and friends."

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Ben, who is an aspiring country singer himself and played lead guitar in Merle's band, The Strangers, adds, "He loved everything about life and he loved that every one of you gave him a chance with his music. He wasn't just a country singer. He was the best country singer that ever lived."

A sentiment echoed by another country music icon, Dolly Parton, who said, "We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother."

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Merle Haggard's son reveals country legend predicted he would die on his birthday
There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs.
Nobody ever sang a song with the heart and emotion that @merlehaggard did. No wonder it's raining today. Even God is crying.
My dear friend and one of country music's treasures @merlehaggard has just passed away. My deepest sympathy to his family.
extremely sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest of all time Mr. Merle Haggard...
rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever
literally just fell to the floor. can't believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard
RIP @merlehaggard. One of my favorite interviews for @TODAYshow
You are a cornerstone of country music @merlehaggard...u will be missed greatly. Praying for the Haggard family. 💔
My heart is absolutely broken in two at the news of the loss of Merle Haggard. We keep losing all of the good ones. What a sad, sad day...
We've lost an American original. RIP Merle Haggard. Today was his birthday too. ❤️❤️❤️
Pains me to say that country music icon @merlehaggard has passed away. So honored to have known him and shared the stage with him.
Country music has suffered one of the greatest losses it will ever experience Rest in peace Merle Haggard
Play hard, work harder was a lesson I learned from @merlehaggard & my dad. Rest In Peace Merle The world cries today
Happy Birthday to our hero... @merlehaggard
sending lots of love to @merlehaggard on his birthday hoping u feel better Hag! #countrymusic #Legend
Praynig for the family, friends & fans of @MerleHaggard. A legend! #GodBlessMerle #RIPMerle
RIP Merle music legend
BREAKING: Merle Haggard passes away at 79.
We've lost a giant. No words for what @merlehaggard's music meant to me. I know his mind is now untangled forever.
Hard to believe the news about Merle Haggard. Working with him is something I'll never forget & will cherish forever
my heart just sank. so so sad to hear about the passing of Merle Haggard. He changed Country Music and my life forever.
We lost one of the best today. Rest in peace Merle Haggard.... You will be missed
RIP Merle Haggard. Everyone spend some time today listening to Merle. One of the greatest ever.
I sure hope this Merle Haggard death is fake.
Country music lost one the legends today.. Rest easy Merle Haggard. Truly one of greatest songwriters of all time.. So sad
Goodbye Merle Haggard... Gone too soon. May the outlaw live on ✨
Merle Haggard’s passing is just depressing. Him, Waylon, and Willie provided the soundtrack to all my family events. via @youtube RIP The greatest country singer, period
Heartbroken. #MerleHaggard
So bummed to hear about Merle Haggard. Was hoping to see him one last time #TonightTheBottleLetMeDown RIP, Merle
Devastated that our hero @MerleHaggard passed away. He’s the reason we fell in love with music. We’ll miss you Merle
#RIP Merle Haggard. #respect. Might drink a little beer at a tavern sing a little bit of them workin' man blues.
A birthday to be cherished in heaven. @merlehaggard and @gjpossum are kicking out the footlights again. RIP Merle.
RIP Merle Haggard. To All my friends in Sanford Fla we had many memories with Hag on in the background. Tonight play silver wings in salute
Just heard the legendary Merle Haggard has passed away. One of the all time all time greats. #SilverWings
Thank you @merlehaggard for inspiring generations of music. You are a legend and will truly missed #MerleHaggArd
Merle Haggard is the reason I do what I do. I can’t believe he’s gone.
We have lost one of the greatest ever @merlehaggard You will be missed but the impact you've…
Sad day for country music! Merle Haggard is the greatest of all time...period! RIP Merle
Merle Haggard Your name will be honored. Your music celebrated. Your legacy never forgotten. Country music will live on. I'll be sure of it.
I have are request.... could all the Country Radio Stations please play Merle Haggard ... Thank you

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