Fans, friends celebrate Merle Haggard's life

In an autographed photo, Merle Haggard, center, poses with friend Gene Thome, left, and singer-songwriter Red Simpson. (Photo courtesy of Gene Thome)

Despite his recent illness, Merle Haggard's death came as a shock to friends and fans around the world. Those who knew him spoke to Eyewitness News on Wednesday about the icon's lasting impression in music and in their lives.