A sad day for the nation. I'd say for 'the country,' but this is no time for puns.
I'm sorry to see him go. He was one of the last of the Outlaw Country greats.
UPDATE: I don't know if this story about Merle's last show is true. However, it is coherent with this news report about that show.
UPDATE: A young Merle Haggard does impressions of the singers who were great in those days.