His February shows have been called off

By Jessica Goodman
February 04, 2016 at 01:36 PM EST
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Merle Haggard has canceled the rest of his scheduled shows in February after calling off his Tuesday show in Riverside, California, and his scheduled performance Wednesday with Kris Kristofferson. Haggard recently discussed his poor health in an interview with Rolling Stone, where he said, “I’m really lucky to be alive.”

“He is still feeling weak from his recent struggle with double pneumonia and has decided to seek further treatment for it,” his publicist said in a statement to CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “Merle is hopeful he will be back on the road later in the spring.”

He spent 11 days in California’s Eisenhower Medical Center last month after having double pneumonia, severe pain, and trouble breathing. Haggard’s health forced him to cancel dates in regions with high altitudes and in Palm Desert, California.

Haggard’s tour was scheduled to begin Jan. 30, and though many of the dates were nixed, he’s still set to play his scheduled tour dates in March.

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