The leader of the band “Arrows” died at the age of 69 in New York. His daughter announced it through social networks: “The coronavirus has taken my father this morning.”
At 69, Alan Merrill, the leader of the band “Arrows” and songwriter of the song “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, died on Sunday morning in New York of the coronavirus.
The news was provided by the daughter of the American musician through her Facebook account: “The coronavirus took my father this morning. I was given two minutes to say goodbye before I was rushed out.”
“He seemed calm and when I left there was still a ray of hope that it would not become a mention in the televised news on CNN or Fox,” said Laura Merrill.
Merrill wrote “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” alongside guitarist Jake Hooker. Although the song was recorded by the band, the popularity of it came after the performance by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts in the 1980s.
For his part, Jett said goodbye to the musician through his social networks. In this regard he commented hurt: “I just found out about the terrible news of Alan Merrill’s death. I send my love and condolences to his family, friends and the music community as a whole. I still remember when I saw Arrows on TV in London and I was impressed to hear that song that for me was screaming it would be a hit. With deep gratitude and sadness I wish you a safe journey to the other side. “