Meat Loaf dead at 74 – Covid reported as cause of death as Bat Out of Hell singer dies with wife Deborah by his side

Meat Loaf dead at 74 – Covid reported as cause of death as Bat Out of Hell singer dies with wife Deborah by his side

January 27, 2022

ROCK singer Meat Loaf has tragically died age 74.

Born Michael Lee Aday, Meat Loaf had a stellar career spanning six decades after shooting to fame with his powerful, wide-ranging voice.

The rock veteran was among the most popular musicians of all time, selling millions of albums around the world.

His Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy – famous for its operatic rock style and the hit single of the same name – was his most popular release.

US news outlet TMZ is reporting that Meat Loaf died from Covid-19 after falling ill earlier this week, although their claims have not yet been confirmed by his family or representatives.

Read our Meat Loaf live blog for the latest updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    The random football team Meat Loaf supported

    Even though the American was born in Dallas, Texas – far away from County Durham – he still became a Pools fan as he was looking for a “really odd team” to root for.

    Meat Loaf told Setanta Sports News years ago: ”I started asking, ‘What would be a really odd team for me to say that I root for?` The person who I was talking to said Hartlepool. Fantastic!

    ”I looked them up, I looked at their record, I went on the internet, looked at their ground. I do look and see, ‘Did Hartlepool win? Yeah! OK!”

    ”My favourite story of Hartlepool is the monkey that washed ashore that they hung because they thought it was a Frenchman.

    “I said, ‘Any team that will hang a monkey and think it’s a Frenchman I’m rooting for. That’s it. That`s the bottom line.”

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    Best-selling album and single in 1994

    He went on to enjoy a stunning singing career – with Bat Out of Hell remaining one of the top 10 selling albums of all time, with an estimated 200,000 copies still flying off the shelves annually.

    The star sold more than 80million records worldwide, earning a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for I’d Do Anything for Love and Brit Awards in 1994 for best-selling album and single.

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    Meat Loaf: 'Listen I'm not dying'

    The 69-year-old rock veteran was plagued with health issues and rumours that he was dying during 2016 when he collapsed onstage in June.

    In 2016 he said: “Listen, I am not dying. After three months of therapy I will be fine. I am sick of talking about it. I don’t want to talk about it from now on,” he said to The Mirror.

    “And anyone else who asks me the question, I’m not going to respond to it.”

    “I had MRIs and the doctors said I had a little cyst but that it had grown and was pushing against the nerves.

    “But when the doctor opened up my back to remove it… it was almost like ­emergency surgery. There are now little nuts and bolts in there.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meat Loaf’s biggest albums to re-enter UK album chart

    A string of Meat Loaf’s most popular albums are set to re-enter the UK albums chart following the singer’s death at the age of 74.

    It was announced on Friday by a post on the American rocker’s official Facebook page that he had died with his wife Deborah at his side.

    Following the news, the singer’s internationally successful 1977 record Bat Out Of Hell has surged up the albums chart and is on course to take the third spot, having previously peaked at number nine, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC).

    A number of other albums that carried Meat Loaf to global stardom are also set to claim top spots, including his 1993 sequel record – Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell – which is on track for the fourth spot.

    The record contains the lead single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), which previously reached number one in 28 countries and earned him a Grammy award.

    The 1984 compilation album Hits Out Of Hell is on course for fifth place, 1981’s Dead Ringer for number six and the 1995 greatest hits album titled The Definitive Collection for 11th place, the OCC reports.

    Meat Loaf and Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler’s 1989 compilation album Heaven And Hell is also on course for 14th place – and his 1995 record Welcome To The Neighbourhood is set to take number 20.

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    Grieving fans pay tribute to Meat Loaf at stage musical

    GRIEVING Meat Loaf fans were in tears at a stage musical celebrating the rocker’s career.

    The cast of Bat Out of Hell dedicated the show to the star before Friday night’s performance.

    They vowed to “keep the flame of rock and roll burning” for Meat, who was aged 74.

    Ticket sales at the New Wimbledon Theatre in South West London jumped 40 per cent after news of his death broke.

    Fan Sandra Priddle, 61, said: “There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

    Meat Loaf — born Marvin Lee Aday in 1947 in Texas — died of Covid on Thursday. He was against wearing masks.

    It was not known if he was vaccinated but he had said he was “scared to death” of the virus.

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    Memorial created for  Meat Loaf in UK

    A piece of artwork has been created by street artist Nathan Murdoch in memory of the late Meat Loaf.

    The artwork has been drawn on a wall in Peterborough, Britain, just days after the passing of the beloved star.

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    Queen's Guard perform a beautiful tribute to Meat Loaf

    AN AMAZING video shows the Queen’s Guard paying tribute to Meat Loaf by playing a rendition of I'd do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That).

    Jason Wood captured the touching moment outside Buckingham Palace on Sunday (23 January) after the hit singer passed away on Thursday last week, aged 74.

    Crowds gathered to watch the Band of the Grenadier Guards whilst they played one of the singer's most popular songs. 

    The video shows the marching band playing outside Buckingham Palace through the surrounding black and gold fences. 

    Fans remained silent as they listened intently to the performance of Meat Loaf's 1993 smash hit that has more than 129 million streams on Spotify.

    Jason, 50, shared the video on Facebook on Sunday, writing: “Queen’s Guards (sic) this morning tribute to Meat Loaf.”

    Meat Loaf fans were touched by the tribute, with one commenting on Jason's video saying: “Made me a bit goosepimply did that.”

    Another fan wrote: “This is fabulous, a fitting tribute!”

  • Milica Cosic

    Meat Loaf news you may have missed

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    A career away from music

    Despite his amazing career Meat Loaf in a 2018 interview with Rolling Stone, he revealed he “never to be a rock & roll star” and instead wanted to instead play professional football.  

    Ironically it is understood that his name ‘Meat Loaf’ came from his time as a football player when he was younger.

    Reportedly when he was 13 he accidentally stepped on his sports coach, who yelled: “Get off my foot, you hunk of meat loaf!”

    • Milica Cosic

      Explained: Why was he trending last year?

      Meat Loaf is trending after Ivanka Trump accidentally tagged @RealMeatLoaf as opposed to her father @realDonaldTrump in a picture on Twitter.

      US Senate runoff elections took place in Georgia on January 5, 2021, in which the result decided which party will control the Senate.

      Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff won their elections, giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.

      Former President Donald Trump and Ivanka headed down to the state to support the Republican campaign, taking a snap of their flight and uploading it to social media.

      Ivanka later tweeted the picture with the caption: “Off to Georgia with Dad! Get out and VOTE Georgia!!!” tagging Meat Loaf instead of the president.

    • Milica Cosic

      He 'preferred to think of himself as an actor rather than a singer'

      Meat Loaf preferred to think of himself as an actor rather than a singer, according to a newly published interview.

      The late US rocker said he needed to "find the character" before singing a song, otherwise there was "no meaning or reason to sing it".

      Before his death he told US media publication Variety that his onstage performances were similar to musicals due to having "different characters" singing the songs.

      "Before I can sing the song, I've got to find the character. I don't just walk in and sing a song," he said in the previously unpublished interview.

      "As far as I'm concerned there's no meaning or reason to sing it. You're just another singer singing some song.

      "I've never thought of myself as a singer. I think of myself as an actor.

      "So it's the same as doing a movie or a play. … So I guess in a sense, everything I've ever done, even though I don't consider what I do on stage as a musical, the way I think through it is like a musical.

      "But I guess in the way of my arc through the show, it is like a musical in the fact that there's different characters singing these songs."

    • Milica Cosic

      Alice Cooper remembers close friend Meat Loaf

      Alice Cooper has hailed Meat Loaf as “one of the greatest voices in rock n roll” following his death aged 74.

      The American singer died with his wife Deborah by his side, a post on his official Facebook page announced.

      Cooper, 73, and the Bat Out Of Hell singer starred together in 1980 film Roadie.

      In a tribute, Cooper hailed Meat Loaf as “one of the greatest voices in Rock N Roll” adding: “And he was certainly one of my closest friends in the business. He was really so much fun, truly fun to be around.

      “He just felt like a best friend to everyone no matter how long it had been since you last saw him. We worked together many times over the years and he was always a force.

      “He was a real theatrical character like I was so our shows went really well together. I remember when you would see his show, he would treat the audience almost like a Pentecostal Preacher and he was so powerful on stage.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Multi-talented

      Meat Loaf has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

      The star was one of the most iconic voices in rock music, and he had huge tracks such as Dead Ringer For Love, Bat Out Of Hell and I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) which went on and sold millions of copies during his career.

      He wasn’t just a a music star as he went on to perform on screen, his turn as Eddie in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 was one of his first film roles.

      He later appeared in huge box office hits such as Spiceworld: The Movie, Waynes World and The 51st State.

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      Close friend describes Meat Loaf’s death as ‘crushing’

      Broadcaster Paul Gambaccini, who was a close friend of Meat Loaf, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) that his death was “crushing”.

      He added: “He actually played with us on our Regent’s Park softball club and I did introduce one of his albums at a launch and also he, believe it or not, coached baseball in my hometown of Westport, Connecticut.

      “So this is someone who I really was fond of personally and his life story was so extraordinary.

      “This was a person who was a normal person, who became this world megastar. It’s not supposed to happen, but it did happen.”

    • Milica Cosic

      Meat Loaf was ‘scared to death’ of Covid

      MEAT Loaf said he was “scared to death” of Covid but would “rather die” than face lockdown – just months before reportedly dying from the virus.

      The singing sensation, 74, passed away on Thursday night after it’s reported he cancelled a business dinner earlier this week as he fell “seriously ill” with Covid.

      It is unclear whether Meat Loaf was vaccinated – but just months before his death he declared “if I die, I die – I’m not going to be controlled” when discussing the virus.

      In the same interview – published in August last year after people worldwide had endured months of draconian rules and lockdowns – he also labelled face masks a “nuisance” and said he was happy to “hug people in the middle of Covid.

      “You’re not afraid (of Covid)?,” a reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette asked the rocker.

      He replied: “Oh, I’m scared to death! You kidding me? But I’m sorry, I understood stopping life for a little while, but they cannot continue to stop life because of politics. And right now they’re stopping because of politics.”

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      Explained: Why did he change his name?

      The rocker said that he was humiliated when he was younger by a jeans advert that poked fun at people who couldn’t fit into their jeans and contributed to his serious body-image issues.

      He told Blender magazine: “My real name is Marvin, and Levi’s had a commercial on the radio that said, ‘Poor fat Marvin can’t wear Levi’s.’

      “And I was fat. It nearly destroyed me. I’m still not over it. If we had lawyers growing up, I would own that company…I’ve always been the poor fat Marvin that can’t wear Levi’s.

      “The closest I’ve come to being skinny was on South Park. I told them the only way they could use me was if they drew me skinny. So they did!”

      He said that after the advert, no one still called him Marvin and he legally changed his name to Michael.

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      Twisted Sister member tells of being ‘passed the rock torch’ from Meat Loaf

      Dee Snider of US rock band Twisted Sister said he had been honoured to get Meat Loaf’s blessing, sharing a story online of a “confrontation” between the pair.

      “True story: Meatloaf summoned me to his trailer to “pass the torch” of rock n roll to this then young gun,” he said.

      “It was pretty intense and confrontational to tell the truth… but what an honor to get the blessing of such a great man!”

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      Meat Loaf's previous health scares

      In 2011 Meat Loaf fainted on stage while he was performing in Pittsburgh.

      This happened for the second time in 2016 when he collapsed while on stage as Edmonton.

      This sparked great concern among fans for his health.

      His collapse in 2016 was understood to be due to dehydration.

    • Milica Cosic

      The passing of a beloved star

      THE New Year has only just begun but we have already bid farewell to some beloved stars.

      The iconic singer and actor sadly passed away aged 74 on January 20, with TMZ reporting he died from Covid – although these claims are yet to be confirmed.

      Born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947, the singer shot to fame with his powerful, wide-ranging voice.

      His Bat Out Of Hell trilogy – Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose – has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide.

      Meat Loaf was a Grammy winner and won Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song I'd Do Anything For Love.

      His family said: "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side."

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      A “cat with 48 lives”

      Meat Loaf’s baffling number of injuries and near death experiences led him to describe himself as a “cat with 48 lives”. 

      In 2013, he told Ultimate Classic Rock he suffered 18 concussions, survived eight car crashes, and had close calls on planes. 

      He also claimed he had “fallen three storeys” and had so many near misses and collisions that he “should have died” – but the truth of these accidents has never been verified. 

      Meat Loaf even claims his singing voice came as the result of a 12-pound shot put being thrown at his head from 62-feet away during school.

      He told The Telegraph: “Didn’t even knock me out. Weird.”

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      Meat Loaf blamed China for Covid in video 

      MEAT Loaf blamed China for Covid-19 in a video recorded months before the Bat Out of Hell singer reportedly died of the virus aged 74.

      The rock legend had been filming a happy birthday video for a super fan named Marty in early September when he let loose.

      He said: “Marty, take care … I hope you’re able to have at least your family celebrate your birthday with you.

      “I know COVID is a drag and we’re all suffering because of it, and you can blame China, so that’s it.”

      Read more here.

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      Meat Loaf’s tragic final Facebook post

      The rock legend was about to start filming a dating series – due to air on ITV – named after his hit song I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

      He was also set to go back in to the music studio this month to record tracks for a new EP.

      In his last post Facebook on November 29 – while still recovering from his latest painful back surgery – he wrote excitedly about his non-stop schedule.

      It included new appearances on Cameo, an app where fans can buy personalised videos from celebrities.

      Meat Loaf said: “YES KIDS IT’S TRUE…. I am back on Cameo for all of December and till January the 3rd.

      “We start recording on the 5th. Hoping the TV show will start up in March.

      “Love You, God Bless, Be Well, and most of all Stay Safe. Meat.”

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      Meat Loaf launched a whiskey brand in final public appearance 

      The pictures, taken in March 2021, show the 74-year-old performing at Redneck Riviera Nashville with country artist John Rich.

      He looked larger than life as he launched a whiskey brand in Nashville, Tennessee.

      The singing legend died with his wife Deborah by his side – but his cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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      Queen’s Adam Lambert pays respects to Meat Loaf

      Singer Adam Lambert, who found fame on American Idol and has since performed with rock band Queen, tweeted: “A gentle hearted powerhouse rockstar forever and ever.

      “You were so kind. Your music will always be iconic.

      “I’m sure you’re singing concerts in the great beyond. Rest In Peace sir. #MeatLoafRIP.”

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      ‘I don’t care if you’re Prince Andrew – you’re going in the moat’

      Meat Loaf took part in the UK’s Royal Knockout tournament. The event involved celebrities and members of the royal family dressed as damsels, squires, and minstrels at an amusement park.

      Allegedly, the Queen was furious for it making royals look ridiculous and Meat Loaf claimed he riled Her Majesty by putting his hands on Prince Andrew.

      In one of his typically tall-tales, the singer joked that Fergie – then still married to the Prince – wanted a piece of him and her husband was less than impressed. 

      He explained in a 2003 interview: “Fergie wasn’t exactly flirting with me, but she was paying attention to me.”

      Andrew allegedly tried to shove Meat into a moat, but the singer grabbed Andrew instead.

      “You can’t touch me. I’m royal,” the prince supposedly said, to which Meat replied, “Well you try to push me in the moat, Jack, I don’t give a s**t who you are, you’re going in the moat.” 

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