Turns out MERLE HAGGARD’s bout of pneumonia that forced him to cancel his December dates was way worse than we knew. In fact, it was nearly fatal.
He talked about it in an interview on Wednesday, saying, quote, “A couple weeks ago I [went] to the hospital, and I guess I was nearly dead. [They] couldn’t tell whether the lung cancer had returned or whether I just had pneumonia.
“They had to wait until they got the pneumonia under control before we could tell. So it’s been a tough couple of weeks, but I’ve got so many people to thank.” Sounds like Merle’s one of those stubborn old bulls who tries to tough it out, until he can’t.
He said, quote, “We were doing a show, and I tried to go out, and I couldn’t do it.” Fortunately, a friend convinced him to check into the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California . . . and that may have saved his life.
In the video below see Country Legends Merle and Willie and legendary Buddy Cannon behind the scenes of Django and Jimmie video production for Missing Ol Johnny Cash
WILLIE NELSON together in concert with MERLE HAGGARD at the Show Me Center on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7pm! Tickets go on sale Friday December 18, 2015 at NOON!
Get tickets here!
(Photo: screenshot from youtube video)