Muskogee, OK — The death of the legendary Merle Haggard has stunned the country music community. Haggard died Apr. 6 at age 79. Haggard is best known for his songs, “Okie from Muskogee” and “Working Man.” He also was part of the outlaw group of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash.
An even bigger shock came shortly after Haggard’s death when his lawyer read his last will and testament. Haggard left his entire estate to Interpride Enterprises, a Bakersfield, CA-based LGBT group that puts on Pride parades around the world. Many thought Haggard to be an ultra social conservative, but Haggard believed in equal rights.
Gish Gallop contacted Interpride and spoke to Raul Merman. We asked how they felt about the donation.
“It is absolutely wonderful,” said Raul. “We can do so much with this money—research and helping us expand our various events. We plan on creating a Merle Haggard float for this year’s Pride parade in San Francisco on June 26th. It should really be something.”
The donation is expected to be in the millions of dollars. There has been no comment from Merle Haggard’s family.