Merle Haggard Recovering from Lung Surgery
11/10/2008 AT 09:05 AM EST
The singer-songwriter, 71, whose lung cancer was only recently diagnosed, said in a statement, "I'm feeling good ... better and better each day. If not for the love and wisdom of my wife [Theresa], I might not be around today."
Haggard's surgery took place at a hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. Tests there revealed that all the affected tissue was removed, according to the musician's spokeswoman.
– Stephen M. Silverman