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"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was originally released by the Arrows, a band Merrill was part of, in 1975, according to "Entertainment Tonight." Seven years later, rocker Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released a version of the song, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the outlet reported.
Jett took to Twitter to pay tribute to Merrill on Sunday, sending "thoughts and love" to his loved ones and the music community.
"I can still remember watching the Arrows on TV in London and being blown away by the song that screamed hit to me," Jett wrote. "With deep gratitude and sadness, wishing him a safe journey to the other side."
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News of Merrill's death came the same day that country music star Joe Diffie died from the virus, "ET" reported.
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