An outpouring of emotion from the country music community as news broke of Merle Haggard's death.

Country music lost a true legend today. Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday at his home in California. Take a read through some of the posts on social media as Nashville reacted to news of his death, starting with this heartbreaking photograph from Merle’s son Ben:

 

 

Rest In Peace Merle Haggard
April 6, 1937 – April 6, 2016