The "Poet of the Common Man" needs some of that fightin' side the he once sang about.
Merle Haggard, the 78-year-old Hall of Famer who topped the country charts last year with his duet album with Willie Nelson, Django & Jimmie, has been hospitalized in California.
His publicist reported that Haggard has been hospitalized for was was called a "persistent recurring bout of double pneumonia."
Haggard was hospitalized in December 2015 with double pneumonia and later told Rolling Stone magazine, "I'm lucky to be alive" after that bout. Shortly after he was released from the hospital, tour dates in late January and early February were postponed because he wasn't feeling 100%. Haggard still made some dates. Now he has canceled all shows in March while he battles double pneumonia yet again.
Haggard also had a bout with pneumonia in 2012.
"I could've gone in another direction had I messed around a little more," he admitted in the Rolling Stone article. "It's a terrible thing."
Here's wishing "The Hag" a quick and complete recovery.