Meat Loaf, one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and starring in 65 movies, has died at 74 after an intense battle with COVID-19.
The news was confirmed by a statement on his verified Facebook page.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the statement read. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”
Sources told celebrity news site TMZ that Meat Loaf was supposed to be attending a business dinner this week for a reality TV show he was involved with called “I’d Do Anything for Love…But I Won’t Do That.” The meeting was canceled after he “became seriously ill” with coronavirus.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, the singer died with his wife Deborah and daughter at his side. While his family gave no other details, he had suffered numerous health scares over the years.
Meat Loaf’s extraordinary career spanned more than six decades. His “Bat Out Of Hell” trilogy was his most successful project.
Written and composed by Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album Bat Out of Hell remains one of the biggest-selling albums in history.
His top hits included the more than nine-minute title track from Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By The Dashboard Light from the same album, and I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) from the 1993 album Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell.
His single “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” reached number one in 28 countries and earned the singer a Grammy award.
Meatloaf also played the role of Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
On Friday, tributes for the beloved artist came from other artists and celebrities worldwide.
Artist Cher said in a Tweet: “Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did “Dead Ringer.” Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends, & Fans.”
“R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood,” said Boy George in a post on Twitter.
R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 21, 2022