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

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Sen. Pat Roberts mourns Merle Haggard on Twitter

April 06, 2016 07:07 PM

UPDATED April 07, 2016 06:44 AM

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.

Today, we lost a great country music singer whose songs will stand the test of time: #MerleHaggard pic.twitter.com/FXBpJiIqw8

— Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) April 6, 2016

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.

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For those reflecting on #MerleHaggard's music, my favorites: Sing Me Back Home, Red Bandanna, Silver Wings, & If We Make it through December

— Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) April 6, 2016

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