Merrill died on Sunday in a New York hospital, his daughter said on Facebook. He was just working on a new album.
Merrill wrote “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” in 1975 as a member of the band Arrows. In 1982, the singer Joan Jett released a cover of the song that became a worldwide success.
Jett now mourned Merrill via Twitter. “With great thanks and sadness, I wish him a safe journey on the other side.” Musician Meat Loaf, in whose band Merrill had been a guitarist for a while, mourned the death of his former colleague. Merrill was a “great and very talented person,” he wrote on Facebook. “I’m very sad now.”
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