The co-writer and original singer of I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll, Alan Merrill, has died after contracting coronavirus according to reports.
His daughter Laura shared the news , saying the 69-year-old had been healthy enough to play shows a few weeks ago.
“He played down the ‘cold’ he thought he had,” she wrote, before warning other families not to be complacent.
“You don’t think It’ll happen to you or your strong family. It has,” she wrote. “Stay home if not for you, for others. For my dad. This thing is real.”
I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll became a global hit for Joan Jett in 1982 and has been covered by artists ranging from Britney Spears to Weird Al Yankovic.
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, while the family of Nashville legend John Prine said he was critically ill on a ventilator and being treated for Covid-19 symptoms.
US singer Joan Jett heard, and fell in love with, I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll in the mid 1970’s and after recording it in 1982, it spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard chart.
After his death, she paid tribute to Merrill on Instagram , writing: “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.”