Our heart hurts today to learn of the passing of country music legend, Merle Haggard. The country music community is reeling from this news. Haggard made a huge impact on the genre and the industry as a whole, and his legacy will continue on throughout the music community for generations to come.

Several artists took to social media to express their condolences, thoughts and grief. Among those was Merle’s son, Ben, who posted a powerful picture on social media shortly after his father’s passing.

A week ago dad told us he was gonna pass on his birthday, and he wasn’t wrong. A hour ago he took his last breath…

Posted by Ben Haggard on Wednesday, April 6, 2016