The family of a country music legend is in mourning after a tragic event. According to reports, the eldest daughter of Merle Haggard has passed away.
Dana Haggard died in her sleep at the age of 61. The Haggard family believes she died of natural causes.
"Dana is believed to have died in her sleep Monday night or Tuesday morning, her sister Kelli Haggard Patterson said. 'Her husband left for work early in the morning (Tuesday) and she was still asleep,' Patterson said. 'When he got home later that day he found her and she hadn't moved,'" reported a local news station.
Dana is the oldest daughter of the late Merle Haggard and his first wife, Leona Hobbs. She was an accomplished musician and sang with her father during her career. She would perform backup vocals and even had solo performances herself.
“My dad was a lot deeper than anybody saw. He loved to pick our brains. We never got in trouble for any thought we had, but he always played devil’s advocate with us. There were a lot of layers to that onion," Dana once said about her father.
Please join us in praying for the entire Haggard family as they mourn the loss of Dana. She leaves behind her husband Terry Lemons, four children, Mathew, Kelli, Jarrod and Michael, stepson Austin, and nine grandchildren.
"She was a god fearing person and I loved her," cousin Jim Haggard said. "We all got along and we all loved each other."