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Merle Haggard Returns to Hospital for Treatment

The Associated Press, Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 2:39pm (PST)
  • MACON, Ga. (AP) -- Country music legend Merle Haggard is back in a Macon, Ga., hospital for more treatment.

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    The 74-year-old checked himself out Friday to make the drive home to Redding, Calif., on his tour bus, but returned a few hours later. Spokeswoman Tressa Redburn says Haggard quickly realized he wasn't up to the trip after checking himself out of the hospital too early.

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    Haggard is now undergoing a more aggressive antibiotic treatment for pneumonia.

    The "Okie from Muskogee" singer had part of a lung removed a few years ago while fighting cancer. He checked himself into the hospital last Tuesday after postponing a show in Macon. He has since postponed the rest of his January shows.

    He released his latest album, "Working in Tennessee," last year.

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