Country singer Merle Haggard is expected to remain hospitalized in Macon for a couple of days to recover from pneumonia, his publicist said Wednesday.
Haggard, 74, wasnt able to perform Tuesday night at the City Auditorium and was reportedly being treated in the Georgia Heart Center of The Medical Center of Central Georgia.
The entertainers tour bus was parked outside the heart tower Wednesday.
Hes in good spirits, said publicist Tresa Redburn, who talked to him Wednesday morning. I was surprised he answered the phone, and not a family member.
Haggard has been ill since leaving his home in northern California last week, said tour manager Frank Mull.
Im glad he got checked out, because hes a lung cancer survivor, Redburn said. Its always a bit worrisome, but hes cancer-free.
Fans inquired about sending flowers, but Redburn was concerned the hospital would be overwhelmed with deliveries.
I think hed rather have prayers and well-wishes than flowers. In fact, I know he would because I know him, she said.
Haggard wasnt well enough to perform Sundays concert in Columbia, S.C., and also had to miss Wednesday nights performance in Columbus.
The illness forced him to postpone his remaining tour dates for January, Redburn said.
The Macon cancellation came just seven minutes before the start of the 7:30 p.m. show Tuesday, and another performance has been scheduled for April 25 at the City Auditorium.
All tickets purchased for Tuesdays performance in Macon will be honored at the April event, but anyone seeking a refund should contact their point of purchase, according to a news release.