The rock and roll superstar, Meat Loaf passed away at the age of 74. As announced by his agent, he died at his home surrounded by his family.
His family said in a statement, “We know how much he meant to so many of you, and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.”
“From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”
The tributes can’t stop pouring in as his friends and well-wishers took to social media to pay their last tribute to him.
Broadcaster Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter, “RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history. A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous, and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.”
Performer Boy George wrote on Twitter, “RIP Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St John’s Wood.”
Stephen Fry also posted his condolences on Twitter saying, “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf. Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century.”
“He had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful.”
Cher, who performed the duet Dead Ringer with Meat Loaf, expressed, “Had so much fun with Meatloaf when we did Dead Ringer. Am very sorry for his family, friends & fans. Am I imagining it, or are amazing [people] in the arts dying every other day.”
Meat Loaf was born on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas. Meat Loaf moved to Los Angeles after his mother’s death, where he worked as a car park attendant.
He went on to start his group named Meat Loaf Soul.
In 1977, he released You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth and it topped over 40 charts in the U.K.
Meat Loaf, told NME, as quoted by The Guardian, “I have the patience of a cat, I’ll sit tight and wait until everything is right.”
After releasing his Album, meat Loaf lost his voice.
Author Mick Wall wrote in his book Like a Bat Out of Hell: The Larger than Life Story of Meat Loaf, “It began with noise, an unholy noise, a noise that no one had heard before, it came out whenever he tried to sing. It began with the high notes, the ones he used to hit with the accuracy of an army sniper.”
His 12th and final album were released in 2016, but he had plans of creating more.
“I’m not done,” he said at the time.
When his death was announced, it came as a shock to many and the cause of his death hasn’t been determined yet.
Recently, TMZ, reported he died of Covid, although it’s yet to be confirmed by his family members.
May his soul rest in Peace.