AGENCIES, New York: American singer-songwriter and guitarist Alan Merrill has passed away due to complications arising from contracting the deadly coronavirus at the age of 69. His daughter, Laura Merrill, confirmed the news on Facebook.
“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,” read her post.
Merrill wrote the chart topper I Love Rock n’ Roll and formed the pop rock band Arrows. Later, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts would find fortune and fame with the very same song.
Taking to Twitter, Joan expressed her condolences: “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.”
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) March 29, 2020
Country singer Joe Diffie, who produced hits like Home and Pickup Man, has also passed away after contracting coronavirus at the age of 61.