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COVID-19: Singer-Songwriter Allan Merrill dies at 69

Singer-Songwriter Allan Merrill passes away due to Coronavirus Complications
by Akanksha Sridhara | March 30, 2020 19:42 IST
COVID-19: Singer-Songwriter Allan Merrill dies at 69

Singer-Songwriter Allan Merrill, the original singer of the hit song "I love Rock 'n' Roll" passed on Sunday. He died of complications from the coronavirus at the age of 69.
 
His daughter took to her Facebook account to reveal the sad news. “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,” she wrote.
 
The late musician played with the band The Arrows. He was their lead singer and bassist. The band's song "I love Rock 'n' Roll," has been re-created by several artists. The most famous one being singer-songwriter Joan Jett.
 
Joan Jett took to Instagram to penn a heartfelt message. She posted a picture of a young Allan with the caption," "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."
 
"I love Rock n Roll" is still one of the most popular and famous songs. A parody version, I Love Sausage Rolls, was last year's Christmas number one in the UK, with proceeds going to charity.
 
Coronavirus also claimed the life of country singer Joe Diffie over the weekend.
 
Nashville legend John Prine has also tested positive. His family said he was critically ill on a ventilator.
 
 
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