Merle Haggard returns home to recuperate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Merle Haggard has returned home to northern California to recuperate from multiple illnesses.

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.

At one point, the 74-year-old 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 “Okie from Muskogee” singer was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago, but recovered after part of his lung was removed.

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