Merle Haggard’s eldest daughter Dana passed away Tuesday at the age of 61. A cause of death isn’t known, but her brother Ben announced the news on Instagram. “My oldest sister Dana passed away yesterday,” he wrote alongside a picture of Dana and Merle. “This photo absolutely broke my heart, I know she’s hugging dads arm again. I’ll miss you sister RIP.” Dana is survived by her siblings, her husband Terry Lemons, and her four children, Matthew, Kelli, Jarod and Michael; a stepson, Austin, and nine grandchildren
"It could have been heartache," Ben Haggard says. "We just had the second anniversary [of Merle's death], and she was missing the old man. Who knows?"