‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ songwriter Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus


NEW YORK, U.S.A – SEPTEMBER 13: Alan Merrill in Greenwich Village, NYC on September 13, 2009 in New York, U.S.A.. (Photo by Neil H Kitson/Redferns)

NEXSTAR MEDIA WIRE — Famed guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Alan Merrill, died Sunday due to complications from COVID-19, ET reported.

The 69-year-old was best known for writing the hit song, “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” for fellow rocker Joan Jett.

His daughter wrote about his passing on Facebook in a touching tribute. She said she only got to visit with him for two minutes before she was rushed out of the room.

“I’ve made a million jokes about the “Rona” and how it’ll “getcha”…boy do I feel stupid. If anything can come of this I beg of you to take this seriously. Money doesn’t matter. People are dying,” said Laura Merrill.

According to ET, other celebrities who have died from the coronavirus include country music legend Joe Diffie, Top Chef Masters star Floyd Cardoz, and playwright Terrence McNally.

Joan Jett also posted a tribute on Twitter.

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