Merle Haggard Recovering From Lung Cancer Surgery

Country legend loses portion of lung
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Nov 10, 2008 4:23 AM CST
Singer Merle Haggard is photographed at his ranch at Palo Cedro, Calif., last year.   (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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(Newser) – Country crooner Merle Haggard is recovering at home in California after undergoing surgery for lung cancer last week, Reuters reports. The 71-year-old singer was recently diagnosed with a slow-spreading form of the cancer, which tests show was completely removed in the surgery. "I'm feeling better and better each day," said Haggard, noting that without the care of his wife “I might not be around today."