Alan Merrill, the former Arrows bandmate who co-wrote and sang "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," died on Sunday at age 69 from the coronavirus, his daughter confirmed.
“The Coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given 2 minutes to say my goodbyes before I was rushed out. He seemed peaceful and as I left there was still a glimmer of hope that he wouldn’t be a ticker on the right hand side of the CNN/Fox news screen,” his daughter, Laura Merrill, wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“I walked 50 blocks home still with hope in my heart. The city that I knew was empty. I felt I was the only person here and perhaps in many ways I was. By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he was gone,” she continued.
She went on to urge others to “stay home” to limit the spread of COVID-19, writing: “If anything can come of this I beg of you to take this seriously. Money doesn’t matter. People are dying.”
“This thing is real … We probably won’t be able to mourn him properly with a funeral. I just lost the greatest love of my life and won’t be able to hug anyone because I’ve been exposed and need to self quarantine for two weeks....alone,” she continued. “I don’t know how to process this.”
According to Billboard, Merrill was the lead singer on "I Love Rock 'N' Roll” and co-wrote the track. The song became a hit after Joan Jett & the Blackhearts released a cover of it in 1981.
Joan Jett offered her condolences to Merrill’s family in an Instagram post later on Sunday.
“I've just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed,” she wrote in the post. “My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole. I can still remember watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me.”
“With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side,” she added.
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I've just learned of the awful news that Alan Merrill has passed. My thoughts and love go to his family, friends and music community as a whole. I can still remember watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me. With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side
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