The Rocker Alan Merrill, who was famous for the song “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll,” died on Sunday after he was diagnosed with coronavirus, according to his daughter.
He was the writer and recorder of the famous anthem in 1975 together with his band, The Arrows. He wrote it along with his bandmate Jake Hooker who earlier died in 2014.
Alan Merrill was a star in Japan during the 1970’s.
In 1982, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts made a cover, and then it made its way to the Billboard Hot 100 and a platinum album as per the Recording Industry of America Association.
Laura Merrill was interviewed by CNN and said that her father was rushed to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York the day before he died.
He was immediately put on a ventilator because he had trouble breathing and donning with a fever.
He was having a cold for ten days and isolated himself at home as a safety precaution. She said, “He was still, you know, playing ball with his dog on his patio … and you know, doing his usual stuff until he just woke up and couldn’t breathe.”
On Saturday night, her sister sent her a message that his vital signs were going down, and family members were only allowed to say goodbye to him in 2 minutes.
“When I got to the hospital, my stepmother was there and had been in with him, and they said, his vitals were better. So, we were hopeful again,” she continued, “So I went in and comforted him and told him that his whole family loved him and rubbed his head.”
She walked going home and said her sister told her that she died while he was being taken to the ICU after it has been known that he was positive for the novel coronavirus.
She said, “It’s just been a big shock to the entire family, and you know, you don’t think coronavirus is going to happen to you. You hear about it, and it’s something people joke about online and, and it’s just, you know, it’s real, it’s real and it’s affecting people, and people are dying.”
Laura Merrill posted on her Facebook profile about her father’s passing away and shared it to the public:
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