Peter Blackstock, Austin American-Statesman Published 2:03 p.m. ET March 31, 2020 | Updated 2:17 p.m. ET March 31, 2020CLOSE Alan Merrill, who penned the iconic anthem “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” has died of coronavirus complications at 69 years old. USA TODAYRay Benson, leader of Grammy-winning country band Asleep at the Wheel, says he tested positive for the coronavirus.In a Facebook post Tuesday, Benson said that he felt tired for “about 10 days” and that he unsuccessfully attempted to get tested March 21. He returned to a medical facility Monday and got tested.The results came back Tuesday morning, Benson said.He said he hasn’t had all the typical symptoms, such as fever and cough, but had headaches in addition to feeling tired.Benson, who turned 69 this month, had planned his traditional birthday party concert during South by Southwest, but the event was called off when the festival was canceled. Asleep at the Wheel has been in the midst of celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.On March 19, Benson served as host of a livestream event that replaced this year’s planned Luck Reunion. Benson delivered his contributions from Arlyn Studios in his hometown of Austin, Texas, which had a skeleton crew on hand


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