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Sen. Pat Roberts mourns Merle Haggard on Twitter

Country singer Merle Haggard is shown at a news conference in New York City on April 6, 1974.
Country singer Merle Haggard is shown at a news conference in New York City on April 6, 1974. AP

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts was among the many who took to social media Wednesday to mourn the passing of country music legend Merle Haggard.

Haggard, the singer of “Okie From Muskogee” and other hits, died on Wednesday, his 79th birthday, after suffering from pneumonia for months.

Roberts, a Dodge City Republican and the state’s senior senator, took to Twitter to lament the singer’s passing and recommended that fellow mourners listen to the songs “Sing Me Back Home,” “Red Bandana,” “Silver Wings” and “If We Make It Through December” to reflect on Haggard’s legacy.

Haggard had originally been scheduled to join Willie Nelson for a show at Hartman Arena next week before canceling his appearance due to health concerns.

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3

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