"I Love Rock 'N' Roll' songwriter Alan Merril dies of coronavirus at age 69.
He composed the song for his band The Arrows and Joan Jett recorded it 1982 which became a timeless hit that featured on many TV shows and movies.
His daughter Laura Merrill announced his death on her Facebook account after visiting him at the New York City hospital on Sunday.
"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."
"I had just photographed his portrait for his new album. Texted with him earlier. He played down the 'cold' he thought he had," she wrote. "I’ve made a million jokes about the 'Rona' and how it’ll 'getcha'...boy do I feel stupid. If anything can come of this I beg of you to take this seriously. Money doesn’t matter."
Her words are very touching and it really hits home about the reality of the virus that is spreading throughout the world. Many people are just watching the news about what's happening but the haven't experienced it first hand as many are in lockdown in their homes.
Rock star Meat Loaf also mourned his friend as he played in his band for four years.
"Let this be a lesson to all of us, try to stay in touch with the people you really love and care about. Life is very short. Alan I am sorry that I didn't reach out to you years ago. I love you very much," wrote Meat Loaf, urging fans to play "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" loudly.
Lauren Merrill said that there probably won't be a funeral for her father and she won't be able to mourn him properly as she will be alone since she was exposed and has to be self quarantined for two weeks.
Below is the music video "I Love Rock 'N Roll' performed by Joan Jett: