11/10/2008 at 07:00 AM EST
"Okie From Muskogee" country singer Merle Haggard is recovering at home after an operation last Monday to remove part of his lung, his rep tells Reuters.
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