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‘I Love Rock 'N' Roll’ songwriter Alan Merrill dies of coronavirus; Joan Jett mourns

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Alan Merrill dies of coranavirus

Alan Merrill, who penned the anthem "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" that became an era-defining hit for fellow rocker Joan Jett, has died of complications from coronavirus at age 69.

Daughter Laura Merrill announced her father's death on Facebook Sunday, hours after leaving his New York City hospital room.

"The Coronavirus took my father this morning," she wrote. "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 ... By the time I got in the doors to my apartment I received the news that he was gone."

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