Merle Haggard Cancels Shows Due to Illness

Country music icon Merle Haggard has canceled the rest of his September schedule of shows due to illness.

Haggard publicist Tresa Redburn says Haggard has a chest infection and is doing well. The 73-year-old had surgery for lung cancer in 2008 but she says the illness is unrelated.

Haggard is touring in support of his latest album, "I Am What I Am," his best selling record in decades.

He will receive Kennedy Center Honors and will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame in December.

Haggard has canceled 10 concert dates. It's unclear when he'll return to the road, but his website shows more dates scheduled for November.

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