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Merle Haggard out of hospital, home to recuperate* [Updated]

January 26, 2012 |  1:32 pm

Merle Haggard goes home to recuperate from pneumonia
Country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard has been released again from a hospital in Macon, Ga., and has returned to his home in Redding, Calif., to recuperate from a bout of pneumonia and other medical issues, his spokeswoman said Thursday.

The 74-year-old singer also was treated for three stomach ulcers, esophageal diverticulitis and had eight polyps removed from his colon while hospitalized last week in Georgia with double pneumonia.

He was released late last week and planned to drive home to recover, but returned shortly after to seek more aggressive treatment. Haggard had part of a lung removed in 2008 after it was discovered he had lung cancer. The cancer has been in full remission since the surgery.

Update at 8:15 p.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that Haggard had part of a lung removed in 2007. That surgery was 2008.

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Photo: Merle Haggard performs at the 2010 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Calif.. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times. 

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