A country music legend’s family is in mourning today after tragedy stuck. We’ve received reports that Merle Haggard’s oldest daughter has died.
Dana Haggard was only 61 when she passed away in her sleep. As for what led to her death her, her family is saying it was natural causes.
According to the Bakersfield Californian, Dana’s sister Kelli Haggard Patterson explained, "Dana is believed to have died in her sleep Monday night or Tuesday morning. Her husband left for work early in the morning [Tuesday] and she was still asleep. When he got home later that day he found her and she hadn't moved.”
Her death came a week and two years after he father’s death at age 79.
Dana is the eldest daughter of Merle and his first wife, Leona Hobbs. Dana was an accomplished musician who performed on her own and with her dad, providing backup vocals to some of his songs. Their father-daughter relationship was strong.
She explained once, according to that Bakersfield Californian, that “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."
About Dana, cousin Jim Haggard added, "She was a God-fearing person and I loved her. We all got along and we all loved each other."
She leaves behind her husband Terry Lemons, four kids, a stepson, and nine grandkids.
Please pray for her loved ones as they deal with their loss. In other news, a man in Connecticut was caught after robbing a bank for music superstar Taylor Swift.