Country music legend Merle Haggard has returned home to northern California to recuperate from multiple illnesses, according to the Associated Press.
Haggard had been hospitalized in Macon, Ga., for about a week with double pneumonia. While there, doctors discovered three stomach ulcers and eight polyps in his colon.
The “Okie from Muskogee” singer, 74, earlier tried to checked himself out of the hospital to return to Redding, Calif., by tour bus. But he returned a few hours later after deciding the trip would be too taxing.
The singer affectionately known as “the Hag” was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago, but recovered after part of his lung was removed.
It’s unclear how Haggard’s touring schedule will be affected by his health issues. His website shows him playing his next show Feb. 28 in Tucson, Ariz.
He was originally set to play a Jan. show at Tulsa’s River Spirit Event Center. According to the venue’s website, the show was rescheduled for to Sunday, April 29 after Haggard was initially hospitalized and his January tour dates delayed. Refunds on Tulsa tickets purchased are made for a canceled or postponed event only. River Spirit Casino will honor all tickets purchased, according to the site.
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