Meat Loaf, the singer and actor, has died, leaving behind decades of memories in his music and performances. He was 74 years old. According to a statement published Friday by family members, singer and actor Meatloaf, best known for the 1977 blockbuster album Bat out of Hell, has died.
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According to TMZ, Meat Loaf died as a result of COVID-19. According to sources close to the newspaper, he was due to attend a business dinner this week for a play he was working on called “I’d Do Anything for Love.” But the meal never transpired because he fell very ill with COVID, and his condition progressively worsened.
He was really bigger than life. He was a great rock and roll icon. Meatloaf was his name. The outweigh Texas native, born Marvin Lee Aday, carved an unusual route to rock superstardom with his booming voice, spectacular live productions, and creative collaborations with composer Jim Steinman. He also appeared in a number of films and television series.
“Our hearts are devastated to say that the wonderful Meat Loaf died away today with his wife Deborah by his side,” a statement on his verified Facebook page said. A few close friends, have been with him for the past 24 hours.”
According to several media sources, Aday’s single mother reared him after divorcing an alcoholic and violent spouse. The prospective artist was interested in both acting and singing while attending Thomas Jefferson High School in Dallas. You can also read more about Dr. Martin Luther King.
Following graduation, Aday attended Lubbock Christian College before moving to Los Angeles, where he spent his early career opening for some of the greatest rock artists. Along the way, he appeared in the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show as Eddie, the lobotomized biker.
His musical career as Meat Loaf took off after he collaborated with Steinman on Bat out of Hell, a hilarious mash-up of hard rock and show songs that sold 40 million copies. The first album was so successful that he followed it up with Bat out of Hell II: Back into Hell in 1993. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Received’t Do That),” a ballad from that album, won a Grammy.